Lyceum of the Philippines University secured its spot in the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Finals for the first time ever, and Venice Puzon played a crucial role in achieving this feat.
Puzon was the one who delivered the game-winning serve against the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA, earning the Lady Pirates a hard-fought 25-18, 20-25, 25-17, 26-24 step ladder victory.
Puzon’s four service aces in the game and 20 excellent sets propelled her team to the historic win.
Lyceum head coach Cromwel Garcia knew that the game was won when he saw his team captain hold the ball, preparing to serve.
“Honestly speaking, nung siya na magseservice alam kong panalo na kami. Yun yung trust na meron ako sa kanya. Na pagsalpak niya don sabi ko, ‘Panalo na to’,” said Garcia, expressing his utmost faith in Puzon.
Puzon, on the other hand, attributes her success to the opportunity presented to her team. She noted that no one has ever come as close to the championship before them, and the Lady Pirates were determined to seize the moment.
“Iniisip ko lang na eto yung opportunity na samin na mapunta yung Finals.
“Talagang grinab ko, at binigay ko na yung best ko,” she said.
Puzon’s humble attitude and gratefulness shine through when she talks about her team’s success. She credits her coach for honing her skills, both physically and mentally.
“Sobrang thankful ako sa tiwala na binibigay ni coach. Thankful din ako sa mga bagay na tinuro niya sakin nung nagttraining pa lang kami. Di lang physically pati mentally,” Puzon expressed.
“Marami akong natutunan kahit madami na akong alam. Nung nagsisimula pa lang ako sa nya, parang naging beginner ulit ako.”
With Puzon’s leadership and the team’s determination, the Lady Pirates are set to face College of Saint Benilde in the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Finals.