Lalaban ako dito, says Mika Reyes on facing Ateneo in finals again

There is no denying that La Salle’s Season 78 lineup is stronger and more complete than last year’s iteration.

But even though the Lady Spikers have scored major feats like beating arch-rival Ateneo in Round 1 and dominating most of the skill sets, they’ve also been tagged as inconsistent after blowing hot and cold in the second round.

The latter situation was evident when the Taft crew yielded to FEU in Game 1 of the semifinals in a 5-set thriller, causing veteran spiker Mika Reyes to tear up after the final buzzer.

This, she shrugs off by saying, “Na-carried away lang ako nun. Wala naman ‘yun. Kahit sino naman na pag binigay mo ‘yung best mo, may ganung moment talaga. Pero hindi siya ganun ka-dramatic for me.”

La Salle has since moved on and has returned to its lethal form when it unleashed its wrath in Game 2 as they won the do-or-die tussle in straight sets which shut the doors on another upset.

Reyes and fellow senior Ara Galang were in the leaderboards in their latest victory as they scored an identical 10-point outputs.

“My mindset was to lessen my errors and makapag contribute sa team. I think nagawa ko naman siya,” said the beaming middle blocker. “I might not be the team’s top scorer pero sabi ko basta maka-point ‘yung teammate ko part na rin ako dun.”

“Gustong gusto ko talaga bumawi kasi masakit talaga ‘yung nangyari nung Game 1. Hindi ko naman hahayaan na mag end ‘yung final playing year ko na hindi kami aabot sa finals,” she added.

Though they took the long road towards the finals, the Lady Spikers will get there nonetheless on Saturday in another Ateneo-La Salle titanic matchup—the fifth-straight year these 2 teams will slug it out in the finale.

And while she admittedly had a lukewarm performance when the Lady Spikers faced the Lady Eagles in Round 2, Reyes vows to be ready for war during the best-of-three series opener to held at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

“Now we’re here, wala nang atrasan ‘to. Lalaban ako dito. Lalaban kami dito. Buong team kaming haharap sa kanila on Saturday,” shared the 2-time UAAP champion.

“I’ll be ready for Saturday,” she closed. — By Mac Dionisio