UP might have made it to the Final Four for the first time in 12 years, but libero Arielle Estranero believes they are capable of doing so much more in Season 78.
“Happy, but not contented,” said the sophomore defensive ace. “Kasi alam ko the team is more than capable of doing better and performing better.”
It was a dream come true for Estranero and the Lady Maroons, who battled for the semifinals throughout last year but fell short late in the tournament.
“Syempre masarap yung feeling na nakapasok kami sa Final Four,” she said. “Kasi before palang nag start yung season, goal na namin yun. Even nga last year pa pero nagkulang lang kami.”
“It feels good to be in the Final Four kasi yung feeling kasi na lahat ng ginawa niyo, tama. Lahat nung sacrifices niiyo, lahat nung pagod, puyat, I mean, everything seems to be in the right place once na nakapasok na sa final four. Kasi once you acieve a goal, another milestone na yun e. But then it’s not the end. It’s just a start of something bigger and better for the team,” she added.
Battling Ateneo in the semifinals is definitely a tough task for any team and Estranero admits pressure to perform well come this weekend has gotten into her mind.
“Honestly, oo, nafifeel ko yung pressure. Kasi everything starts from the first ball. Pag walang first ball, nahihirapan yung setter, nahihirapan mag setup nung play,” she shared. “But then, yung pressure, it serves as a motivation for me to play better, for me to contribute kung ano man kaya ko for the team. Kasi syempre each one of us plays a role and yun yung role na nabigay sakin. Mas mabuti if kaya kong panindigan and better if kaya kong magperform to my best abilities.”
“Syempre Final Four na to e. mas intense, mas mataas yung pressure. Siguro the most important thing is that, stay positive kahit medyo nagkakamali na,” she stressed. — By Joyce Palad