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UP’s Tiamzon confirms return for UAAP Season 79

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Versatile hitter Nicole Tiamzon was a pivotal cog in the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons’ run to a Final Four appearance in UAAP Season 78 – the school’s first since 2003.

After the Lady Maroons were eliminated in the postseason by the Ateneo De Manila University Lady Eagles, Tiamzon was unsure if she would return to play out her final year of eligibility in Season 79.

Tiamzon ended speculation after joining UP’s campaign in the Shakey’s V-League Open Conference and confirming that she will be back for Season 79.

She cited personal reasons for her initial ambivalence towards returning for her final year. In the end, her desire to play with her teammates and the wishes of her family won out.

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Nicole Tiamzon and the UP Lady Maroons enjoying the SVL’s opening day festivities

“May mga personal reasons. Siguro may iba na ring plano,” she told Tiebreaker Times about why she was hesitant to return at first. “At the end of the day naman, hindi mo rin maiwanan yung team mo.”

Tiamzon received a welcome nudge from her grandmother to return to the team.

“Siyempre matanda na rin siya. Sabi niya noong nabalitaan niyang nagda-doubt ako sa paglalaro, wala na raw siyang papanuorin – parang naglambing siya. Out of nowhere nag-text na lang siya sa akin ng madaling araw na nabalitaan niya nga raw, doon na nag-start. Kung yun lang naman yung magpapasaya sa kanya, bakit hindi ko pa ibigay. Isang taon na lang naman,” Tiamzon recalled.

The Lady Maroons will be bringing back their entire roster from last season. Filled with a mix of veterans and young talent, the Lady Maroons have become the outright favorites in the upcoming UAAP season.

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The rest of the league will be experiencing a major turnover after losing key pieces. UP will be the most stable team next season. Tiamzon believes her team will need to react better to the big game situations they faced last season in order finish at the top.

“Ngayon we just need to get more exposure, more conditioning sa mga laro. Siguro hindi namin na-handle nang maayos yung emotions namin last season kaya kami natalo agad,” she closed.

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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