Maybe a Valentine’s dinner date with each other will resolve things for UST.
This is what veteran Carmela Tunay told FOX Sports when asked how the team plans to end the 3-game skid, the latest of which was handed to them by rival FEU, they were dealt with Saturday.
“‘Yun ang paguusapan namin mamaya. Magde-date kaming lahat ngayon. Bawal muna ang mga jowa. Kami muna ang kailangan mag date,” shared the opposite spiker.
With a 0-3 record, the Golden Tigresses’ backs are pressed against the wall as they struggle to start and finish strong after only winning three sets combined in all their three outings.
Almost getting swept by the Lady Tamaraws, Tunay recalled how they pushed back in the 3rd set to at least show mentor Kungfu Reyes their willingness to fight.
“Kinuha namin ‘yung 3rd set kasi we did it for coach,” said the 5th year player. “Kita talaga namin na sobrang frustrated na siya. Kulang na lang sumabog siya dun.”
On feeling bad for her beloved coach, she adds, “Parang, ano bang ginawa nung tao para i-deserve niya ito diba? Kami naman ang gagawa para sa kanya eh.”
Tunay was a girl on a mission as she top scored for UST with 16 points, all from kills.
After being benched in the España squad’s matchup against Ateneo, the Makati native admitted she, too, was surprised when she was called in to start for the Golden Tigresses.
“Hindi ko rin ine-expect kasi nandun ako sa down stage din naman. Talagang downslope ‘yung laro ko,” she said.
“Thankfully, si Rica (Rivera) may pinapakita siya,” added the spiker, talking about UST’s younger spikers. “Sinasalang ni coach kung sino ang dapat. Wala naman kasing seniority sa team namin kapag ganyan. Si coach wala siyang paki kung senior ka.”
Though spiralling down was expected in such situations, the continuous challenge of Reyes pushed Tunay to be the veteran that she is and lead the team while skipper EJ Laure momentarily struggled.
“Ang ginawa sa akin ni coach, lagi niyang tinatanong, ‘Ano? Pagod ka na mag try ulit?’ Dun naisip ko na tine-test ako ni coach kung paano ba ako babalik,” she recalled.
“Si coach din parang sinabi niya kanina na, ‘Ikaw magdala kasi ikaw pinakamatanda diyan.’ So little by little namo-motivate naman ako,” continued Tunay.
Now headed for a night of heart-to heart talk, the girls off España are determined to figure out a way to get out of the slump they’ve gotten themselves into this early in the season.
“Ang sasabihin ko lang sa kanila mamaya pag nag-usap na kami is kami naman ‘yung naglagay sa sarili namin sa sitwasyon na ito so kami lang din magtutulong-tulong na bumangon,” shared the senior.
“Kami ‘yung magkakakampi at kami ang makaka-resolve nito,” Tunay closed. — By Mac Dionisio