Adamson’s Erika Alkuino has been drawing flak for years now due to her loud style of play whenever she steps foot on the taraflex floors of the UAAP.
While the number of PH volleyball fans are growing by the minute, the number of hate messages Alkuino is receiving on her social media accounts, she says, has since doubled from last year.
“Ang lala ngayon!” she exclaimed.
With dozens—if not hundreds—of people scrutinizing her every move whenever she celebrates a hard-earned point, one would think that the lanky spiker would be bothered by now and already losing focus.
This, though, is not the case for Alkuino.
“Pero para sa akin normal na lang. Ako kasi sa sarili ko alam ko kung anong kaya ko i-contribute sa team namin. Hindi lang naman kasi kailangan puro points,” she said, refuting claims that she can’t back up her angst with numbers.
“As a graduating player, kailangan ko sila i-angat. Kailangan makatulong ako kung hindi man sa points, basta makatulong ako sa kanila sa loob ng court,” she added.
Taking things in stride, the middle blocker uses all the negative energy to push herself to do better every game not to prove her bashers wrong but to simply contribute to her beloved team.
“‘Yung mga bashers wala naman akong problema sa kanila. Mas nacha-challenge nga akong ipakita pa sa kanila kung ano ang kaya kong gawin,” she said.
Given the chance to clear the air, Alukino shared the 2 instances wherein trash talking becomes inevitable for emotional athletes like her.
“Depende din kasi sa kalaban ang pag-aangas,” clarified the Lady Falcon.
“Minsan kasi hindi naman ako nauuna. Nagre-react lang din ako,” she added. “Hindi naman kami pwede magpadala sa mga gagawin nila. Siyempre gaganti din kami pero hindi kami mada-down. Normal na lang ‘yun.”
Alkuino then shared the other side of the story when some athletes like her get their hands caught in the cookie jar when emotions get the best of them especially after long rallies.
“Minsan, nakakadala din kasi pag nakaka-puntos ka. Ang hirap kayang pumuntos,” she said matter-of-factly.
“Siyempre kung big game ang nilalaruan mo at nakapuntos ka, alangan namang parang patay ka lang sa loob. Mas bubuhayin mo pa sarili mo at mga teammates mo,” added the veteran player.
All these taken into consideration, Alkuino is head and heart strong in believing that what she does is just part of the game and that there is no stopping her from doing what she does best: intimidating the opponents at the net.
“Tuloy-tuloy lang ako at walang makakapigil,” she closed. — By Mac Dionisio