Always-ready Gyzel Sy silences doubters with 49-set outing

Gyzel Sy’s decision to return to FEU for her final UAAP tournament generated considerable buzz before Season 78 began.

The excitement triggered was no surprise. After all, Sy was the Best Setter in Season 74 but sat out Season 77 to focus on her semi-pro career.

Sy, however, has had an up-and-down campaign so far.

“Malungkot. Siyempre ang laki ng expectations sa akin na bumalik ako tapos hindi ako nagpeperform ng ayos,” Sy told FOX Sports.

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“Oo, nap-pressure ako. Pero ginagawa ko yun in a positive way. Nae-excite ako kada game na maging maganda yung performance namin kasi iba na yung team namin ngayon,” she added.

The Cavite native finally found redemption last Wednesday, when she fired 49 excellent sets in the Lady Tamaraws’ 4-set romp over UST that strengthened their Final Four bid.

“Wow. Masaya!” was Sy’s immediate reaction after learning of her feat. “Pero hindi ko naman magagawa yun kung walang tulong ng spikers ko and ng mga libero.”

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Getting sent in and out of the court repeatedly during games, the fifth-year playmaker just makes sure she is ready when coach Shaq delos Santos calls her name.

“Siguro para sa akin, ni-ready ko sarili ko. Kasi sabi ni coach na lagi ako mag-ready kasi ang unang ginamit si Kyla Negrito. Yung gusto ko manalo nandun eh, so sabi ni coach nung pag-sub sa akin, gawin ko lang daw yung part ko at lagi lang mag-ready,” she said.

“Siyempre si coach Shaq dati head coach siya doon. Alam niya yung laro tsaka yung way na dati hawak niya sila Tunay. Gusto lang namin siya bigyan ng pride at ipakita kung ano yung natututunan namin sa kanya.” — By Arylle Magtalas

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