Bernadeth Pons was scoreless in her first game back from a minor injury but it was not because of a rusty performance.
Still recovering from an ankle sprain, Pons was fielded in as a libero in Game 2 of the 13th Shakey’s V-League Collegiate Conference battle for bronze in the absence of regular defensive specialist Kyla Atienza.
“Kahapon nagsabi na siya (coach Shaq delos Santos) sa akin na baka mag-service or defense sa likod kasi di pa pwedeng biglang talon,” she told FOX Sports after their 5-set loss to UP Wednesday. “Kaso ngayon wala si Atienza, may pasok so yun sabi niya, mag-libero ako.”
While totally different from her usual play in the wings, Pons said she enjoyed her first time playing as a libero.
“Nasa isip ko gagawin ko yung best ko kasi nga hindi ako naka-contribute sa atake,” she added. “Kailangan kong gawin yung best ko sa depensa. Sanay din naman na ako na dume-depensa at rume-receive sa likod.”
Her efforts, however, went for naught as the Lady Tamaraws bowed to the game Lady Maroons and lost the bronze medal after NU beat Ateneo in Game 2 of the finals series late last night.
After beating UP for 4 straight times this year, FEU’s puzzle was finally solved by coach Jerry Yee just in time.
“Nakakapanghinayang talaga kasi yun natalo kami, kala ko nung nakuha namin yung third set magtutuluy-tuloy na, e nawala,” she admitted. “Sayang. Talo talaga.” — By John Chester Fajardo