MANILA, Philippines – As the last Ravenna to play in the UAAP, Ateneo graduate Libero Dani Ravenna is ending her collegiate career after finishing bronze at the Blue Eagles’ Season 84 Women’s Volleyball Tournament.
Their Stapledar semifinals ended in La Salle Atenio’s title reign on Thursday, with Cinderella running, 25-19, 25-20, 25-23, Dani – playing for the Blue Eagles after her brother Kifar and the third UAAP. Basketball – Finished his college career without any regrets.
What the Blue Eagles in particular have achieved, 0-3 has gone to the semifinals against all odds from the start.
“We started from the bottom, literally, 0-3. The importance of staying together despite our doubts about our team is our greatest acceptance. Despite what we have heard that has hurt us, we have not given up. We held each other’s hands and trusted each other, “said the Blue Eagles captain in the Filipino after digging seven in his final.
“And of course, as Biswas (Nisperos) says, it may not be right now, but this team will definitely fight to the end for years to come. So back to work right after, ”he added.
Defending their crown from the last season 81 of 2019, Atenio was surrounded by the Naysayers after losing his first three games.
But the Blue Eagles have reached the semifinals with a 6-6 record led by Ravenna and Faith Nisperos, under the coordination of coach Oliver Almadro since their lazy start, winning three knockout games from the last elimination game against the University of the Philippines, the playoffs. No. 4 against Adamson, and No. 3 University of Santo Thomas excluded.
The 22-year-old is not new to Libero, who joined Atenio in season 80 of Bundit’s last season.
A learning experience
The last chapter is over.
3 eagles in the same blood. For blue and white. 12 years in making. No regrets. All for her. 3
– Kifar Ravena (kieferravena) June 16, 2022
The youngest Ravenna admits that her family has received a lot of negative thoughts from some fans throughout their careers. But it made them stronger because he did not allow his suspects to come under his skin.
“I don’t know, other people might be happy that they’re finally happy, time with Ravenna. A lot of people say, a lot of problems come to me, especially coaches, ”said Dani. “But it does make the trip even sweeter. We all know the truth even if they say everything. “Everyone worked hard and the coach didn’t give up on us and we didn’t give up on our teammates.”
For Ravenna, one thing she can be proud of in her collegiate career is to focus on improving herself in doubt.
“You don’t really have to prove anything to anyone. I remember this last championship season. If you doubt yourself, you will lose. I’ve really worked hard on myself, no matter what happens to the team, ”he said
“As a Ate (Big sister), I had a different perception now. And I really grew out of this experience. I can’t achieve these things without the confidence of the coach and the team. A learning experience for me. Of course, as I move forward with my life, I will come up with something. “
‘Dani led us’
Atenio praised coach Ravena’s leadership that has kept his young team together.
“People may doubt Dani with me. People may doubt Dani, we are together. But we both agreed to continue working,” said Almadro. Can’t see.He is really leading the team, he has even given up his skills to lead the team.
“Dani has led us. He really helped us build this team. I really appreciate what Dani has done this season. I am happy for her, and congratulations to Dani, for bringing us to the finals, we are already happy, because of Dani, “he added.
Seeing his coach still proud of their third-place finish, Ravenna filled his final UAAP game with satisfaction.
As he leaves the Blue Eagles, led by Nisperos, AC Minor, Zaza Maraguinot and Roma Doromal next season, the Libero captain believes the best for his young teammates has yet to come.
“It simply came to our notice then. I’m just proud of the team, proud of where we ended up, ”he said. “But of course, we all, we’re still hungry for more. Of course, in the coming years, we will come back again. You will see us. “
“It was a learning experience. So of course, it will be something that will take them further to the next season.”
Ravenna admits she has yet to decide what will happen to her career path. One thing is for sure, he will work hard to become a better volleyball player.
“Honestly, I haven’t decided yet. But, I really want to work on myself right now, to be better as a volleyball player. Because it hurts us, it hurts a little bit, but for me, it gives me more determination, more drive to get better, “Ravenna said.” I know I can do more, I could do more. The plan is to train better. Being an athlete doesn’t end at UAAP. “
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