After an ankle injury sidelined her for months, Eya Laure has regained her lofty spot as the main scoring option for the University of Sto. Tomas.
The now-healthy UAAP Season 81 Rookie of the Year delivered the goods that helped the Tigresses complete an elimination round sweep. For this, she earned the Sports Vision Premier Volleyball League Press Corps Player of Week honors.
Laure finished with a personal conference-best 20 points in UST’s 25-21, 25-23, 22-25, 25-23, victory over Arellano last Saturday in Group B of the PVL Season 3 Collegiate Conference.
The power-hitter played an all-around game as she filled the stats sheet with 17 kills, two aces, and a kill block to go with 10 digs. UST swept the five-game group stage, then set up a best-of-three semifinals showdown against UAAP Season 81 Finals tormentor Ateneo.
But more than anything else, Laure needed that kind of explosion to regain her confidence after a long layoff to recuperate from a left ankle injury she sustained during the UAAP Finals.
“Makakatulong din yun sa akin sa confidence ko kasi nga after UAAP, matagal din po ako hindi nakapag-bola. Matagal ako nahinto,” said Laure, who rejoined the Tigresses in their third game of the conference. “Hanggang ngayon kinukuha ko pa rin yung confidence na nawala sa akin tapos dumating sa point na nahihirapan ako kunin.”
Laure — who has averaged 15.3 points in three games of action for UST — also needed to build momentum before she embarks on the biggest stage in her young volleyball career: a tour of duty for the Philippine national team.
The UST sophomore flew to Thailand on Sunday to join the Nationals in their buildup for the inaugural ASEAN Grand Prix in Nakhon Ratchasima from September 20 to 22.
“Malaking bagay ‘to sa akin siyempre na babaunin ko sa Thailand,” she said.
Laure bested Adamson’s Trisha Genesis and Louie Romero; Diane Ventura of CSB; and Faith Nisperos of Ateneo for the weekly recognition given by print and online sportswriters covering the beat.
Dwight Ramos can’t wait to put on real Gilas jersey: ‘It’s time to go’
Isaac Go to relish first game with Gilas Men: ‘There’s nothing else like playing for the country’
Patrick Aquino finds 6-5, 16yo Fil-Am for Gilas Women’s Youth
Kath Bell on three-peat bid with new-look Petron: ‘We’re ready to go’
Mac Cardona figures in brawl in BGC
Dennis Uy vehemently denies backing DLSU Green Archers
UAAP postpones all sporting events after February 14
Jaja Santiago becomes first Filipino spiker to cop medal in foreign league
Batangas exacts vengeance on Zamboanga, sends MPBL South series to win-or-go-home
Bicol Volcanoes stun Davao Occi, force do-or-die MPBL South QF tilt
Pampanga escapes 1Bataan in thriller, books MPBL semis date with San Juan
San Juan survives Rodriguez ejection, Pasay to advance to MPBL North semis
- Basketball1 day ago
Joshua Ramirez decommits from Letran, moves to La Salle
- Basketball3 days ago
Gab Banal, Bacoor have sight set on MPBL South semis, romp GenSan
- News4 days ago
Cignal makes import change as Jennifer Alvarez replaces Bedart-Ghani
- Basketball4 days ago
Joaqui Manuel now the ‘lone wolf’ of 2018 Ateneo Blue Eaglets