University of Santo Tomas (UST) is willing to sacrifice its Christmas season just to come up with a solid preparation for the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) women’s volleyball tournament, which fires off in February.
This year, the Tigresses have a realistic chance of winning the crown.
After falling out of the Final Four race with the emergence of Far Eastern University (FEU) and University of the Philippines last year, the Tigresses launched a massive buildup and joined competitive leagues like the Philippine Superliga and V-League.
The hard work paid a handsome reward as they ruled the University Games in Dumaguete City last October, besting other collegiate teams like University of Perpetual Help, University of the East and reigning UAAP champion De La Salle University.
But still, talent alone couldn’t win any game.
UST coach Kungfu Reyes said they would have very brief Christmas break to make sure that everybody would remain in great shape.
Reyes, the former UST star who is also coaching RC Cola-Army in the PSL, said unlike the previous season, they have great chances of emerging victorious this year.
Although La Salle would still retain its roster of Kim Fajardo, Kim Dy, Majoy Baron and Dawn Macandili while FEU still has Remy Palma, Bernadeth Pons and Kyle Negrito, the Tigresses would not allow themselves to be overpowered by these collegiate superstars.
And Reyes said they will back it up with a lot of hard work.
True enough, UST is treating the UAAP seriously. And while everybody is on vacation, the Tigresses would be working hard in an empty gym.
For them, the true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.