It’s no secret that Bernadeth Pons is the best all-around player in the UAAP today. She easily fills the stats sheet with gaudy offensive and defensive numbers.
Coming off two straight triple-double performances, the 5-foot-7 spiker tallied 17 points, 16 receptions, and eight digs in the FEU Lady Tamaraws’ crucial win over the NU Lady Bulldogs that guaranteed them at least a playoff for a twice-to-beat advantage.
Appearing in the top 10 of four of three skill categories, Pons has a solid case to win the Most Valuable Player tiara.
But the Negrense has no qualms if ever she graduates without an individual award.
“‘Yung mga special award naman, bonus na lang.
“Ako, palaging naka-focus sa kailangan kong ibigay sa team as a senior and captain ng team,” said the 21-year-old open spiker. “Wala, ‘yung trophy ng champion ang gusto naming makuha. Alam naman namin sa sarili namin na nabigay namin ‘yung best namin.”
In each of her five years in FEU, Pons has officially led the Lady Tamaraws in scoring.
All that’s left for the graduating winger is a championship.
“Dati pa lang namin napag-uusapan namin ‘yan noong team building. Palagi din sinasabi ni coach na tulungan nila (younger Lady Tamaraws) kami. Gusto din ni coach na makuba namin ‘yung title kasi sobrang tagal na rin nawala sa FEU,” she expressed.
“Sabi nga ng teammates ko na mag-angas ka naman, last year ka naman. So gagawin ko talaga.”