Break helps UST’s Rica Rivera get rest, bonding time with teammates

Cebu native Rica Rivera was one of several UST players who were unable to go home to their province during the Holy Week break.

After their training ended last Maundy Thursday, some Golden Tigresses whose hometowns are near Metro Manila took advantage of the 3-day respite to rest, recharge and reconnect with their relatives before returning to practice Monday.

“Medyo sad kasi yun na lang time with my family,” said Rivera, who spent the break with Ria Meneses and other teammates. “But inisip ko na rin na okay lang kasi they’re still visiting to watch the games.”

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But even though she stayed in Espana for the rest of the Holy Week, the comely libero said getting marooned in Manila meant more bonding time for her and other teammates.

“Rest na din and bonding na din with teammates. Sacrifice lang din for the team at least mas naging intact yung relationship with them para ma-improve yung communication namin,” she said as they brace for a crucial matchup with FEU on Wednesday.

The Tigresses (5-6) are a game behind the Lady Tamaraws (6-5) in the standings and a win will definitely be big heading into the home stretch of the double-round eliminations.

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After facing FEU, UST will have Final Four contenders NU and UP as their last 2 opponents while the Morayta spikers have the Lady Maroons and slumping Adamson on their card.

Rivera hopes the rest they had will translate to improved effort against the Lady Tamaraws.

“Iniisip ko din po na magiging advantage kasi nakapagrest na so parang all out na sa training like we did nung La Salle sa first round. So sana ganun din,” she said. “Double time lang po kami sa drills na ipapagawa tapos kailangan control lang din yung kinakain para pagbalik hindi po mabigat.” — By Arylle Magtalas

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