MANILA, Philippines – Inspired by Alyssa Valdez’s Cinderella run and season 76 batch, Atenio coach Oliver Almadro and star spokesperson Faith Nisperos are eager to write their own underdog stories at the UAAP Season 84 Women’s Volleyball Tournament.
The Blue Eagles have won three knockout games in a row since their last elimination game against the University Fighting Maroons of the Philippines, beating Adamson Lady Spikers in the playoffs for the 4th seed and knocking out the University of Santo Thomas Tigers in the first round. Stapledar semifinals.
Atenio will face the two-time losing team in La Salle on Thursday in a clash for the right to face National University in the final.
Nisperos, who anchored the team’s offense in three knockout games, said Valdez’s squad, which beat Adamson, beat NU twice twice eight years ago, and La Salle three times, were inspired by their own writing. Cinderella story.
“It’s an honor, and of course, (their race) our inspiration. With that inspiration, all we have to do is work really hard and pray really hard, “said Nisperos, who scored 23 points in Tuesday’s 25-23, 25-23, 25-20 victory over UST at the Mall of Asia. . Arena.
For Blue Eagles coach Almadro, it is a great honor to compare his ward with a batch of Valdez, Zia Morado, Denden Lazaro, Amy Ahomiro and Mitch Morente under Coach So Bundit.
“It’s an honor for our team, because look at their line-up there, they are really strong, even if they go through difficult times. But as I said in other interviews, different times, different arrangements. Our team has different adjustments and different sacrifices, coming from the epidemic, ”he said.
“But the important thing is that if we can imitate what they have done, we will be grateful to the Lord, and of course we will be grateful to them for being our inspiration.”
The 22-year-old Spyker has shown maturity over the years in their last three do-or-die games, averaging 21.3 points to keep Atenio alive.
“Little by little, with the help of my coaches, especially Coach O, I have improved my game. And, I make sure to always be open to improvement and to be open to what my coaches say. That’s how I want to be as a player, to be a coach, “said Nisperos. “And of course, I can’t do it without my teammates. It’s really a team effort, especially in the last game. “
“It simply came to our notice then. And of course, we always remind each other of our war cry: faith, trust, courage, “he added.
As the Blue Eagles play another do-or-die game, Almadro says they will maintain the same mentality against their fiercest rival, the Lady Spykers’ big challenge.
“It simply came to our notice then. We will play it one game at a time, one day and hopefully we will win at the right time, it is important when we win, “he said.
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