Wed. Sep 27th, 2023

League and workforce 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 take in the affect of the lack of its former standouts.

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

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

However the future shines shiny 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 great factor is that we have now rookies who stand out so [it’s important that they get] the maturity and that their choice making turns into steady by this (SSL), hopefully their play matures so when the UAAP comes there will probably be no issues anymore,” Giron mentioned.

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

“We didn’t anticipate 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 degree of play,” Giron added.

Having an entire 19-man lineup within the preseason event and the clear objective of performing nicely within the UAAP, Giron revealed that their SSL roster will probably be their UAAP squad because the Tigresses are engaged on their conditioning and shortly will probably be incorporating courtroom drills of their coaching.

“We now have 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 would like them to play,” Giron mentioned.

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