MANILA, Philippines — Faith Nisperos is looking forward to working on her maturity as she takes on an even bigger role for the Ateneo Blue Eagles next year.
The Davaoena striker’s impressive first full season and Ateneo’s title reign came to an end after losing to La Salle, 19-25, 20-25, 23-25, in their semi-final match in ladder Thursday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
“I think I really want to improve my maturity. Because when it comes to skills, my coaches can help me. So the next step is my maturity,” said Nisperos, who scored 19 points and 15 great receptions in their final game of the UAAP Women’s Volleyball Tournament of the ’84 season.
“It’s something I have to work on myself,” she added.
Ateneo, which started the season 0-3, rose in the second round and finished 8-6 after winning their do-or-die match against the University of the Philippines in the final game of the knockout round.
The Blue Eagles played two more playoff knockout games, sweeping the Adamson Lady Falcons in the playoffs for No. 4 and stunning third seeded University of Santo Tomas Tigresses to reach the final stage of the semis. -finals before settling for a bronze medal. .
Nisperos, who became Ateneo’s top scorer and league No.2 with 267 points in the qualifiers, is still proud of the team’s resilience despite their failure to come back to the final.
“We really tried. We really fought until the end. Maybe it’s not our time, but I’m still grateful that the Lord has given us this kind of experience. Something to build on and something we can use to prepare for the next season,” she said.
Ateneo coach Oliver Almadro agreed with Nisperos after his striker and AC Miner-led rookies showed a promising first season together.
“I have good recruits. We’ve found a way, and we’ve come a long way with the line-up we have. Our players have realized their talents. Faith led the way towards the end, so my takeaways are that my players now know they can do it. They can compete with these top rookies from other teams,” he said.
Nisperos has learned a lot this season and hopes to become a more mature leader moving into season 85, without captain Dani Ravena, who has already played her senior year.
“With the help and guidance of my coaches and elders, I learned a lot. I will carry those learnings into next season,” she said.
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