Branded by UE head coach Francis Vicente as the only fighter in the team, Shaya Adorador got a big morale boost after hearing such words from her coach.
The Lady Warriors were no match against NU in their last outing, bowing in straight sets as their infamous losing streak lived another day.
But Adorador, who has not won a single game in her UAAP collegiate career, believes there’s no gain in giving up.
“Once na sumuko ka, wala rin naman mangyayari di ba?” she said. “Ang iniisip ko, sayang yung training namin at nagpakahirap ka ng mahigit isang taon, tapos ganun lang? Susuko ka lang?”
Nonetheless, Adorador admits she is getting frustrated with her teammates, most of whom have not displayed the eagerness she has throughout their demoralizing campaign.
“Nakaka-motivate si coach, pero yung nakikita mong sumusuko sila, hindi nakakatuwa,” she shared. “Hindi ito 1-day league, sabi ko nga sa kanila. UAAP tong nilalaro natin. Wag nating hayaan na para tayong punching bag.”
UE’s steady stream of disheartening losses will be too much for anyone and someone with potential like Adorador will gain more if she decides to pack up and leave.
The spiker, however, says she constantly fights through these frustrations.
“Siguro minsan naiisip ko mag give up na lang, pero hindi pwede,” she admitted. “Yun na lang nilalaban ko sa sarili ko. Sayang lahat ng pinaghirapan namin. Sayang lahat ng pinaghirapan ko. Yung oras ko na nilaan sa training.”
“Ipapakita ko sa kanila. Hindi puro salita. Ipapakita ko na hindi pa rin ako sumuko. Kailangan natin lumaban,” she added. — By Arylle Magtalas