If FEU’s Gyzel Sy could have it her way, she would rather face La Salle in the semifinals rather than battling defending champion Ateneo.
After securing a 9-5 record after the double round robin elimination round, the Lady Tamaraws took the third spot and will now have to wait for the results of the remaining matches, including the highly-anticipated Ateneo-La Salle tussle, to know who their Final Four opponent will be.
Basing it on how FEU faired against the 2 powerhouse squads in the first 2 rounds, Sy says they have a better chance at pulling the rug from under the Lady Spikers.
“Siguro based dun sa previous games namin sa 1st at 2nd round, tingin ko mas maige na La Salle ang makaharap namin,” shared the Season 74 best setter awardee.
While the girls off Morayta failed to win all 4 matches, it was indeed evident how their system worked better against the Taft crew.
“‘Yung game namin sa Ateneo panget eh. Sobrang layo ng score namin sa Ateneo compared sa La Salle medyo nakadikit kami,” she said. “‘Yung kumpyansa namin na maganda ilalaro namin pag La Salle kalaban nandun na eh.”
“‘Yung sa Ateneo kasi worst games namin ‘yun eh. Tapos kalaban mo pa crowd nila kaya mahirap,” added the veteran playmaker.
The road to the post-season may have been rough for the Lady Tamaraws but their recent performances suggest that they are peaking at the right time.
Star spiker Bernadeth Pons has been delivering MVP numbers ever since she recovered from a minor injury from the off-season while Sy has been solid in the setting department, showing why she is still one of the best playmakers in the league.
Returning to the semis and even exceeding last year’s 4th place finish serve as the best graduation gift for the setter.
“Sobrang saya ko kasi na-maintain namin na nasa Final Four tapos ngayon nasa top 3 pa kami,” said Sy. “And then ‘yung goal talaga namin, hindi lang dito. Sabi nga nila boss Anton (Montinola), hindi imposible kung gugustuhin namin. Kaya ‘yung dream namin na umabot sa finals, paghihirapan talaga namin.”
Though FEU is already a strong team heading into the tournament, its chances of taking home its 30th women’s volley title got a huge boost when Sy decided to return and use her last year of eligibility after skipping Season 77 to play in the club ranks.
As it turns out, asking for her spot back was not an easy task for the Laguna native.
“Dati talaga, nagdadalawang isip ako (bumalik) kasi hindi ko alam kung tatanggapin pa ako ng FEU at nila coach. Ngayon nandito na ako. Nasa semis na kami. wala akong pinagsisisihan,” admitted the senior player.
“Punumpuno lang talaga ako ng saya na umabot kami dito. Sana magtuloy-tuloy na hanggang finals,” she closed. — By Mac Dionisio