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Mixed emotions for student-spikers after UAAP 82 cancellation

The University Athletic Association of the Philippines has decided to take drastic action in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

Following the extension of the enhanced community quarantine, the league has scrapped the remainder of Season 82. The highly-anticipated volleyball tournament, of course, was not spared from the cancellation.

Not long after the announcement, the players poured their emotions out on social media.

Risa Sato, who had gone through turbulent times before returning to NU as a senior as well as a full-fledged captain, bid farewell to Season 82. She would also be the first to laud the efforts of the Lady Bulldogs, who emerged as a strong title contender in the women’s division with resounding wins over UST and Adamson.

Speaking of Sato’s return, the league had seen a number of comeback stories in Season 82 — including Kat Tolentino’s decision to take flight as a Lady Eagle for one last time.

In a short but heartfelt Instagram post, the Fil-Canadian winger expressed her gratitude to her sisters-in-arms.

 

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Thanks for the memories? Stay safe everyone ?

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Like Sato and Tolentino, Golden Tigress EJ Laure’s return to the league came to an abrupt end. So it was unsurprising that the cancellation elicited a heavy-hearted reaction in her.

Her sister Eya Laure is no different. The UST sophomore expressed her reaction to the sudden development by sharing an emotional moment of her and elder sibling. She even called on her ate EJ to suit up in Season 83.

UE Lady Warrior Mean Mendrez, for her part, acknowledged that the season may have ended prematurely but her experiences in what was supposedly her final year will last a lifetime.

Seniors in the men’s division also bared their emotions in light of the cancellation.

FEU’s Jude Garcia could not believe that his thunderous kill against UST —  which capped off a scintillating 27-point outburst — would be his final point of the season.

National University libero Ricky Marcos felt immensely pained after learning that the season has come to a close.

Still, there are those who chose to look forward.

One of them is UP Fighting Maroon Louis Gamban, who has already established himself as an electric performer in the league despite being a rookie, thanks largely in part to his impressive skill set coupled with an unparalleled flare.

Adamson University neophyte Louie Romero made it known that she’s anticipating a promising campaign in Season 83, especially with the return of the injury-stricken Chiara Permentilla and Lucille Almonte.

Another rookie standout in Ateneo’s Faith Nisperos also looks forward to a better season next year.

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