The Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagles have one of the tallest lineups in UAAP Season 81, with their starting rotation averaging five-foot-nine-inches in height.
But height doesn’t guarantee success in volleyball. Case in point: Ateneo’s Ponggay Gaston.
The fourth-year, 5-foot-8 winger has had to adjust to playing the open hitter spot. The former UST Junior Tigress had a rocky start, but she has been coming into her own lately.
After tallying 10 points against the University of the Philippines last Sunday, Gaston followed up with a career-best 16-point output in Ateneo’s win over the Adam University, their fifth straight of the season.
“I didn’t even know that I got sixteen points. I don’t really count points kasi every game… that’s just how I am,” said the effervescent Gaston, adding that she had started to worry when she was subbed out in the second set.
“I guess this is a blessing for me kasi nga sinub out ako noong second set. I was beginning to worry na what if I don’t come back into the game.
“When I came back, I just said na I’ll do my best. Adamson’s a hard team to beat. My team was doing well, so I didn’t want to be a liability. I just tried to do my best. Bea said after the third set to be happy and celebrate, so I just did that kahit na nage-error ako,” the 20-year-old furthered.
For the Lady Eagles, sitting atop the standings has a lot to do with the team pulling consistent performances from Gaston and their other open hitter Jules Samonte.
Gaston, however, acknowledges that she has a lot to work on to truly be a well-rounded open hitter.
“I still have so much to work on and practice. I need to work on my shortcomings kasi I know na marami pa rin akong pagkukulang,” she said.
“Being a player, it’s not like you stop when you reach a certain goal. Coach teaches us to aim higher and have our hearts on what’s above. I can’t be complacent. I have to help the team. Mataas naman tiwala ko kasi sa mga coach and my teammates.”
Food poisoning not a hindrance for Ginebra in facing NLEX
NBTC All-Star first pick, MVP Mark Nonoy proves Kai Sotto right
Kath Bell drops 30 on F2 Logistics, leads Petron to 11th straight win
Ginebra storms back from early deficit, overcomes NLEX to punch QF berth
Alleje twins look back on their first Battle of Katipunan — which came during their birthday
Gilas experience rude welcome in Astana
Gilas Pilipinas to face European powerhouses in FIBA World Cup
Air Padda out as Adamson Lady Falcons head coach
Mark Nonoy takes charge as Hustle tops Heart in NBTC All-Star Game
Jalen Green, David Carlos battle to epic stalemate in NBTC Slam Dunk Contest
Alfonso Montelibano strikes brace as La Salle ends three-year skid to Ateneo
Allen Lozano leads Adamson comeback in upset win against UP
- Basketball5 days ago
Germy Mahinay, UST Growling Tigers part ways
- ADMU3 days ago
Bea De Leon on encounter with referee: ‘Talagang all emotion’
- ADMU3 days ago
If blocking is what Ateneo needs, Maddie Madayag is always willing to provide
- ADMU4 days ago
Maddie Madayag’s record-setting block performance lifts Ateneo past UST