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Eya Laure still upbeat after unfortunate injury

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Perhaps toughness runs in the Laure DNA.

Two seasons ago, Ej Laure braved an ankle sprain to help the University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigresses best the NU Lady Bulldogs to enter the UAAP Season 79 Women’s Volleyball Final Four.

This time, UST rookie Eya Laure has been playing through pain in her knee and ankle in the lead-up to the Season 81 Finals.

In what could have been UST’s crowning moment, the younger Laure sustained a left ankle sprain and had to be carried off the court. She still came back to the match but was not the same, as Ateneo stayed hot through the finish.

By the end of the match, Laure was in tears as she hobbled off the court.

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Tiebreaker Times Eya Laure still upbeat after unfortunate injury Basketball News PBA  UST Women's Volleyball UAAP Season 81 Women's Volleyball UAAP Season 81 Eya Laure

Laure then recalled the painful incident. The Season 81 Rookie of the Year could not believe it was happening in the biggest moment of her career.

Still, she was thankful that her father, former PBA player Eddie Laure, carried her off the court and helped treat her.

“Noong nilabas ako kanina, hindi ako makapaniwala na nilalabas ako kasi sabi ko sa sarili ko, kahit anong mangyari sa championship na ‘to gagawin ko talaga lahat. Noong kine-carry ako ni Daddy, sinasabi ko kay Daddy na babalik ako,” she said.

“Pinilit ko talaga na bumalik pero wala eh, kumapos din talaga. Ginawa na lahat ng pwedeng gawin sa akin pero wala, masakit nga. Sa susunod naman maasahan niyo, magpapagaling ako para sa Game Three.”

After guaranteeing a better performance in the winner-take-all Game Three, Laure pulls strength from everyone who supports her and UST.

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“Maraming nagmo-motivate sa akin na pagsubok lang ‘to, na hindi dito natatapos eh. Kaya nga may Game Three pa ‘di ba? Para sa akin, pagsubok lang ‘to na dapat lagpasan para manalo; pagsubok lang ‘to na dapat malagpasan para makamit ‘yung gusto mong makuha. And for me naman, babangon at babangon talaga kami and hindi ako susuko ng ganun-ganon lang,” said Laure.

“May pain yes, pero hindi ko na rin iniisip ‘yung pain eh. Sinusubukan ko talaga. Ngayon, masakit talaga siya iyeyelo ko na lang siya.”

Miguel Luis Flores fell face first into sports writing in high sch9l and has never gotten up. He reluctantly stumbled into the volleyball beat when he started with Tiebreaker Times three years ago. Now, he has waded through everything volleyball - from its icky politics to the post-modern art that is Jia Morado's setting.

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