MANILA, Philippines – Faith Nisperos is keen to work on his maturity as he plays a bigger role for the Atenio Blue Eagles next year.
Davaona Spyker’s impressive first full season and Atenio’s title reign came to an end with their Stapledar semifinals at the Mall of Asia Arena on Thursday, losing 19-25, 20-25, 23-25.
“I think I really want to improve my maturity. Because my coaches can help me when it comes to skills. So the next step is my maturity, “said Nisperos, who scored 19 points and 15 assists in their final game of the UAAP Season 84 Women’s Volleyball Tournament.
“It’s something I have to do on my own,” he added.
Atenio, who started the season 0-3, advanced to the second round and finished 8-6, winning his do-or-die game against the University of the Philippines in the final game of the elimination round.
The Blue Eagles play two more knockout games the following season, sweeping Adamson Lady Falcons to No. 4 in the playoffs, and the Stapledars surprise the third-seeded University of the Santo Thomas Tigers to reach the semifinals before settling for the bronze medal. .
Nisperos, who emerged as Atenio’s top scorer and No. 2 in the league with 267 points in Elim, is still proud of the team’s resilience despite failing to reach the final.
“It simply came to our notice then. We really fought to the end. Maybe it’s not our time, but I’m still grateful that the Lord gave us this kind of experience. Something has to be made and something we can use in preparation for next season, ”he said.
Atenio agreed with coach Oliver Almadro Nisperos when his Go-To Spyker and AC Minor-led Rookie put together a promising first season.
“I have good rookies. We found a way, and made a path with our lineup. Our players have realized their talent. Faith has come to an end, so my takeaway is, my players now know they can do it. They match those blue-chip recruiters from other parties, ”he said.
Nisperos has learned a lot this season and is hoping to become a more mature leader going forward in 85 seasons, with the exception of Captain Dani Ravenna, who has already played his final year.
“I have learned a lot with the help and guidance of my coaches and seniors. I will carry those lessons next season, ”he said.
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