Despite losing to La Salle in their opener, veteran setter Gyzel Sy is unfazed with the pressure of her return and is focused on bringing back her A-game for FEU in the UAAP Season 78 women’s volleyball tournament.
Sy and the Lady Tamaraws fought neck-to-neck in the 1st 2 sets, but succumbed to the Lady Spikers via a sweep Wednesday afternoon at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.
“Before the game started, coach (Shaq Delos Santos) hugged me and told me just to show the real Gyzel Sy inside and not be rattled by the expectation of my return,” Sy told FOX Sports in Filipino.
After finishing with 23 excellent sets in her 1st UAAP game after missing Season 77, Sy admitted that part of why they lost is her connection with the middle attackers.
“Coach told me not to be frustrated because my game will come back soon. We just didn’t connect in the middle so we need to work on that,” said the 5-foot-3 senior.
The Bacolod native sat out last season due to commercial league duties with Philips Gold in the Philippine SuperLiga and Cagayan Valley in the Shakey’s V-League.
“I have my shortcomings that is why in training, I work harder to fill in those flaws,” Sy, who has been practicing with the Lady Tamaraws the last 3 months, said.
With the Morayta volleybelles aiming for more than a Final Four appearance, Sy likened their chances this season with their roster.
“Our attacks are really strong because all our spikers can hit it hard. Coach believes that they can score every ball I give them.” — By Jason Mercene