Wed. Feb 28th, 2024

League and crew officers collect for a photograph alternative through the press convention. —AUGUST DELA CRUZ

College of Santo Tomas (UST) is hoping that its rising stars and holdovers will soak up the affect of the lack of its former standouts.

“Since we misplaced lots of essential gamers, our fundamental objective is to see our remaining gamers stand out, particularly those that have performed within the UAAP final time,” UST assistant coach Lerma Giron stated on the sidelines of Shakey’s Tremendous League (SSL) Preseason Championship press convention on Thursday.

The Golden Tigresses misplaced former crew captain Eya Laure and offensive stalwarts Imee Hernandez and Milena Allesandrini after the veterans exhausted their enjoying years within the UAAP. Laure and Hernandez have since moved to the Premier Volleyball League.

However the future shines brilliant for the Golden Tigresses with its holdovers—Bernadett Pepito, Regina Jurado, Xyza Gula and Ypril Tapia—ushering in a brand new period for UST together with a shocking rookie corps.

“The nice factor is that we have now rookies who stand out so [it’s important that they get] the maturity and that their resolution making turns into secure by means of this (SSL), hopefully their play matures so when the UAAP comes there can be no issues anymore,” Giron stated.

The Tigresses’ bronze-medal end within the just lately concluded Invitational Convention helped them assess learn how to navigate ahead with incoming rookie Angeline Poyos delivering a stable efficiency.

“We didn’t count on that she (Poyos) will stand out and we hope that she’s going to proceed to enhance and that this turns into an avenue—despite the fact that she doesn’t play like a rookie—to extend her stage of play,” Giron added.

Having a whole 19-man lineup within the preseason event and the clear objective of performing properly within the UAAP, Giron revealed that their SSL roster can be their UAAP squad because the Tigresses are engaged on their conditioning and shortly can be incorporating court docket drills of their coaching.

“We’ve got excessive hopes (for the gamers). We have to present [our] belief to them in order that they are going to be motivated to execute how we wish them to play,” Giron stated.

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