Mika Reyes lived up to the billing when she led La Salle to its maiden win in the UAAP Season 78 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig.
Though FEU came close, the Lady Spikers shut the doors on the opponent by converting 48 attacks as opposed to the Lady Tamaraws’ 35 to win the game in 3, 29-27, 25-23, 25-20.
Reyes picked up where she left off in the off-season, dropping 13 points built on 12 kills and a block while the returning Ara Galang and lefty spiker Carol Cerveza chipped in 10 apiece.
If you ask the 5-foot-11 middle blocker, however, the Taft squad’s overall performance against FEU left her wanting.
“I am not yet satisfied with how we played against FEU. We had our backs pushed against the wall even if we won in just three sets,” Reyes told FOX Sports.
“But then again, we have to remember that it’s just our first game. There will always be first-game jitters especially for the rookies,” she added.
And while Reyes’s output in La Salle’s first game was already impressive, it was a surprise when she revealed that she was playing with a sprained right ankle.
“I wasn’t able to properly break-in the supplied shoes that’s why I got sprained,” she shared.
“It’s okay. I was given medicine to lessen the pain. And it’s on its way to subsiding thanks to the therapy,” added the 2-time UAAP champion.
Aside from Reyes, setter and newly-appointed team captain Kim Fajardo was also at the top of her game, dishing 35 excellent sets for La Salle’s winning cause.
Even though it remains to be seen what the full extent of the Lady Spikers’ improvement is, Reyes said she and the rest of the team have been hard at work to remain competitive this 2016.
“In all aspects, I had to improve. I had to work on both the mental and physical aspects of my game,” she said. “Actually, it’s not just me. The entire team worked on their skills. Every day, every game, we keep working hard.”
“It’s not just me who wants to prove something. It’s the entire team who wants to prove na we are still contenders,” she closed. — By Mac Dionisio