One of the most-awaited high school stars of last year, Maris Layug has not seen much action for UP in both the UAAP and the Shakey’s V-League.
The incoming sophomore admits it was frustrating at start, especially after she has starred for most of the teams she’s been part of, including NCR in the Palarong Pambansa.
Likewise, Layug was together with UAAP Rookie of the Year Isa Molde and new Lady Maroons starter Justine Dorog in the national U17 team in the Asian championships.
“Syempre nung una parang nalungkot ako kasi dati hindi talaga ako sanay na hindi ako naglalaro sa court,” she told FOX Sports. “May time na nadi-discourage din ako kasi bakit siya ganito or ganyan. Di ako sanay na ganun.”
While the lack of playing time might have killed passion for a normal prospect, the Kings Montessori product took it as a challenge to be better.
“Narealize ko naman na baka may kulang sakin kaya ganun. Kailangan ko pa i-push yung sarili ko para magkaron ako ng maraming playing time,” she said. “Magpursige pa ko para makapag laro ako.”
Layug finally saw action for UP in the 13th Shakey’s V-League Open Conference Monday, suiting up in the second set as the Lady Maroons drubbed Iriga, 25-17, 25-17, 25-19.
And even though coach Jerry Yee still cannot guarantee playing time for the promising spiker, Layug said she has no plans of transferring to another school.
“Walang ganung feeling kasi love ko talaga yung volleyball. Una palang naman to e. Marami pa naman akong chance para ipakita yung galling ko,” she said. “Never ako nagsisi na pinili ko yung UP. Yun talaga yung gusto ko e. Close ako kay Coach tapos yung teammates ko mas close din ako sakanila, madali silang pakisamahan.”
“Naalala ko pa yung game namin nung UST na pinasok ako, then tinap ako ni coach sabi niya, ‘babawi yang si Maris’. Yun yung sinabi niya. Dun sa sinabi niya, na-i-up ko yung sarili ko na kaya ko naman talaga. May kulang pa talaga siguro kaya ganun,” she added. “Worth it naman kung maghihintay ako.” — By Joyce Palad