If a player who rarely gets minutes is suddenly expected to perform in the biggest and most important set of games of the season, it is natural to be rattled and to lack confidence, but that is not the case for De La Salle University Lady Spiker May Luna.
Aside from tallying a total of 15 points in the UAAP Season 80 Women’s Volleyball Finals series, Luna’s swag and confidence were on full show during the series.
“Siguro andoon [kasi] yung uhaw ko. Nung eliminations, hindi kasi ako nakapaglaro, [kaya naiisip ko na] ‘Hala gusto ko ganyan din ako, kailangan ganyan din ako’,” the 20-year-old outside hitter reflected.
“Kaya siguro parang naipon lahat na kapag kailangan at pinasok ako, naka-ready na lahat.”
She even has a signature celebratory move every time she drills the ball to the opponent’s side.
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Luna barely saw playing time in the elimination rounds, but coach Ramil de Jesus proved that he still has more tricks up his sleeve when he unleashed Luna — especially in Game One of the Finals series against the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws. Safe to say, the Lady Tamaraws didn’t know how to defend someone they had barely seen.
Come Game Two, it seemed like the Lady Tamaraws had already prepared for her, but Luna pressed on and was still able to chip in six points.
“Actually, yung mga placing ko ng bola parang nadedepensahan na nila. Alam ko naman na feel ko napagaralan nila ako,” shared the native of Davao del Norte.
After proving that she can contribute well for the team, Luna targets to earn De Jesus’ respect more and be trusted with a starting six position next season.
“Hopefully po next year [makapag-starting six], aiming po ako pero kahit nasa bench ako o starting six, okay lang talaga kasi part ka rin naman ng team eh. Kung saan yung team, andoon ka,” expressed the third-year Lady Spiker.
“‘Di mo kailangan na ikaw ang maglaro doon, parang alam mo sa sarili mo na all out support ka nasa bench ka man o naglalaro ka.”