University of the Philippines crushed University of the East in straight sets Sunday, ushering in a new era of blue-chip recruits who hope to take the Lady Maroons to the next level.
Caught in the middle of the arrival of these ‘super’ rookies is veteran Nicole Tiamzon, who has played all sorts of roles for UP — from spiker to setter to the team’s de facto leader as seniors began to head out of Diliman.
But as the Lady Maroons dismantled the Lady Warriors, Tiamzon didn’t see a ton of action, getting subbed out after the first set and being sent in midway through the third before getting pulled out again.
In less than two frames, the Rizal native finished with 9 points, drilling an effective 7 of 17 (41.2%) spike attempts.
Getting subbed out in the middle of a solid performance might be a slight to some, but Tiamzon, who impressed observers in the Philippine SuperLiga, took it in stride.
“This is the time where you have to show your maturity,” she told FOX Sports. “Believe that whatever is given to me, that is what will be for the betterment of the team.”
Tiamzon says she’s excited to advise her young teammates adjust to life in the UAAP and help them improve their level of play.
“I wanted to share what I learned from my experience playing in the PSL,” she said. “I believe I was able to do that today, but I have so much more to show.”
And as UP tries to make the Final Four for the first time since Season 65, Tiamzon has one promise to supporters of the Lady Maroons.
“Expect that I will give my all throughout the season.”
By Arylle Magtalas