Surprise package: Tin Francisco is latest ace up UST’s sleeve

As UST climbed back into the thick of things in the UAAP Season 78 women’s volleyball wars, several Golden Tigresses have stepped up unexpectedly.

Last Wednesday, it was Tin Francisco who was coach Kung Fu Reyes’s ace up his sleeve.

Replacing former Best Blocker Ria Meneses in the starting lineup, Francisco rose to the challenge and then some.

“Nung hinugot ako, parang all out na kasi last game eh. Kailangan maganda yung sarado ng (first round),” the middle spiker said.

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Francisco said Reyes specifically told her to simply focus on her role within the system and not on anything else.

“(Sabi niya na) laruin mo lang. Wag mo na pansinin yung kabila. Basta gawin mo lang yung trabaho mo kasi kilala naman yun La Salle parang high moral kasi galing sa panalo. Pero, laruin mo lang talaga kung ano laro mo,” she shared.

Suddenly being thrust into a major role would be negative for some, but for Francisco, it wasn’t hard adjusting to the pressure.

“Hindi naman po. Kasi syempre sa training yun din naman gagawin mo sa game eh. So kung ano yung ginagawa namin sa training, edi yun lang nama din lalabas sa game,” she revealed.

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“Kasi kahit namin sa training parang lahat naman iniikot na. So kapag sa game parang kahit hugot ka sa labas, kilala mo na yung mga kasama mo sa loob,” she closed. — By Arylle Magtalas


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