She might not be UP’s libero on the floor all the time, but veteran Princess Gaiser is just happy to be able to contribute for the Lady Maroons, who have been turning heads in the UAAP Season 78 women’s volleyball tournament.
The St. Scholastica’s alum has shared playing time with young Arielle Estranero in the last 2 seasons, a move by coach Jerry Yee to take advantage of the duo’s strength in digging and reception, respectively.
Yee’s decision has paid off handsomely, as UP is in the thick of the fight for the top spot with a 6-3 record so far.
Gaiser supports her coach’s choice, as long as it helps the team work wonders.
“Okay naman talaga hati namin ni Ayel e. Magaling siya sa receive and mas specialty ko talaga yung digs,” she said. “Natutuwa ako kay Lord na nabigyan ako ng opportunity. Naniniwala ako na may second chance.”
“Gusto ko lang na makatulong ako,” she added. “Nalulungkot ako pag di ako nakakatulong. Iba pa rin na nandun ka at may nagagawa kang something na maganda for the team.”
The charming floor defender says she pushes herself in training, so she is ready when she gets the call to man the floor for the Lady Maroons.
“Pag pupunta talaga sa akin, ginagawa ko talaga best ko. Kahit per game, 3 digs lang ako, di ko na bibilangin yun kasi kung nanalo naman yung team dahil sa magandang digs ko na yun, e di okay,” she shared.
And now that the Diliman belles are inching closer to their first Final Four appearance in recent memory, Gaiser said she isn’t satisfied just yet.
“Happy (ako) pero hindi pwedeng satisfied ka na,” she explained. “There’s always room for improvement. Kahit konti na lang i-improve ko, gagapangin ko yun para makatulong ako sa team.” — By Arylle Magtalas