Lady Archers deal Fighting Lady Maroons blowout loss to secure season opener

(Photo by Jempoy Pimentel) The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Archers began their UAAP Season 82 campaign on a positive note after dealing the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Lady Maroons a 31-point beating, 78-47, on Wednesday at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion.

Kent Pastrana, who made her debut for the Green-and-White in the UAAP, introduced herself in the best way possible. The rookie anchored the Lady Archers behind a near triple-double performance of 24 points, 14 rebounds, and six steals.

The Taft-based squad got on the driver’s seat early in the game. They took an 11-7 lead after the first frame. From there on, the Lady Archers pulled away to make it an 18-point lead after three, 52-34. The Diliman-based squad never recovered up to the final buzzer.

Team captain Bennette Revillosa contributed 13 markers, three boards, and four swipes. Third year Bernice Paraiso added eight points, while rookie Maureen Okoli logged seven points to her name.

Meanwhile, Jona Lebico was the only Fighting Lady Maroon who finished in double figures. She led her team with 11 points.

The DLSU Lady Archers (1-0) look to build their first winning streak as they face the Ateneo Lady Eagles on Sunday, September 8, 10 AM at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Scores:

DLSU 78 – Pastrana 24, Revillosa 13, Paraiso 8, Okoli 7, Torres 7, Sario 6, Quingco 5, Del Campo 3, Malarde 3, Binaohan 2

UP 47 – Lebico 11, Sanchez 9, Gusilatar 6, Ordoveza 6, Pesquera 4, Rivera 4, De Leon 3, Gonzales 2, Taulava 2

Quarterscores: 11-7, 32-17, 52-34, 78-47

UAAP Season 81 Finals Team Preview: DLSU Lady Booters

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With the UAAP Season 81 down to its last two winner-take-all games, the De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Booters are looking to close out their campaign with a victory to seal their third consecutive title and stamp their dynasty in the Women’s Football tournament.

Highly favored to repeat this season, the two-time defending champions, led by team captain Kyra Dimaandal, promising rookie Shai Del Campo, and solid goalkeeper Tashka Lacson, opened the first round with a bang and 3-1-0 win-draw-loss record. Amidst their struggles in the second round, where they figured in three draws out of four matches, the Lady Booters managed to stay on top of the league.

Their 4-4-0 slate was enough to send them straight to the Finals, their fourth consecutive appearance. However, after facing UST in the last two editions, they are set to renew their rivalry with the Far Eastern University (FEU) Lady Tamaraws this time around.

The DLSU-FEU rivalry is nothing new in the Women’s Football tournament, as the two have previously met in the Finals from Season 58 to Season 66. The Lady Booters have the edge though, taking five of those nine titles from the Lady Tamaraws. Both squads boast 10 championships each under their belts. Hence, it makes this season’s championship match a historic tie-breaker for the two winningest teams in the league’s history.

Although she has been in the Finals in each but one of her playing years, Dimaandal shared that the feeling is the same for the Lady Booters. “Same as last year, (we feel) nervous. We just want to defend the title.”

La Salle defeated the Morayta-based squad in their first encounter, before the latter figured in a draw with the Taft-based squad in their final assignments of the round-robin eliminations. Regardless of the elimination round results, the Dimaandal remains confident of her team’s chances.

“I know that we are capable of keeping the title in Taft. I trust that the girls will not settle for less than a championship,” she stated. The team captain continued, “The team is in good shape. We also have coaches that guide us in the game.”

Dimaandal knows that the title match will not be a walk in the park for them, just like any of their previous championships, “We need to improve on recovery from lapses and mistakes.” She ended, “We have to give not less than 101% and just want to win it more.”

Catch the DLSU Lady Booters in their final game of the season tomorrow, May 16, 2 PM at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.

UAAP Season 81 Finals Team Preview: DLSU Green Booters

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In their last outing, the De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Booters stunned the defending champions UP Fighting Maroons to make their comeback to the biggest stage of the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Football tournament.

The Taft-based squad returned the favor to Diliman after the Fighting Maroons booted La Salle out in the semifinals last season. The victory gave the Green Booters not only their first finals appearance since Season 77 but also another chance to end their 20-year championship drought.

Ever since winning consecutively in Seasons 59 and 60, the Green Booters only had a couple of golden opportunities of adding one more to their three titles. However, they missed both as they lost to Ateneo in Season 68 and to FEU in Season 77. Could third time be a charm for La Salle in Season 81?

The Green-and-White are set to face their archrivals, the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Blue Eagles, who are as well eager to bring the trophy back to Katipunan after failing to defend their title. The Blue-and-White were dethroned by UST last season.

A revamped La Salle team looked to surprise their opponents early into the season. Led by team captain Jed Diamante and a slew of rookies, the Green Booters finished the first round at second place with a record of 4-0-3. They then carried on with a final elimination card of 8-1-5.

Ironically, they suffered their only second round losses at the hands of their eventual playoff opponents, UP and ADMU.

In his team’s return to the championship round, Diamante still feels surreal. “It still feels surreal, but the team made it happen,” he said. The former Rookie of the Year will be playing in the Finals for the first time in his four-year career with the Green Booters. He continued, “We are excited to give our all for the community in this momentous match.”

The Green Booters’ captain admired the team’s desire to win. “Everyone wants it. Everyone is willing to sacrifice everything.” This statement reflected the Green Booters latest performance as they enter the Finals on a five-game run bridging Round 2 and the semis.

He specifically pointed out that in their last match against UP, “No one stopped until the final whistle.”

The top-seed Blue Eagles might be a tall order for Diamante and his teammates. Led by the league’s top scorer Jarvey Gayoso, Ateneo also banner their Finals experience, having been in the grand stage thrice over the last six seasons, and winning twice.

However, Diamante described the Finals as “a game of mentality.” The Green Booters are always capable of upsetting any opponent at any given time. He believes that they simply have to have the bigger heart on the pitch in order to win it all.

Support the DLSU Green Booters in their final game of the season tomorrow, May 16, 4:30 PM at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.

Green Batters ‘got to want it even more’ in potential title-clincher

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Team captain Iggy Escaño and the De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Batters moved to within a win away from clinching the UAAP Season 81 Baseball title after pulling out an impressive victory against their archrivals Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Blue Eagles in Game 1 of the Finals last Friday, March 29, at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.

‘A tough battle as expected’

Those who watched the first game live at the venue and on livestreams were presented with a low-scoring ballgame in the first five innings, before things spiced up in the next four. La Salle and Ateneo engaged in a highly defensive match as neither wanted to give up a crucial Game 1 victory to the other.

Escaño described the finals-opener as “a tough battle as we expected it to be.” Although they were coming into it with a six-game winning streak, the captain of the Green Batters reminded his team to come ready and really wanting to win.

Clearly, with no less than the championship on the offering, who would not come ready and really wanting to win? So, Escaño told the team “that we just had to want it more.”

And that hunger translated after the Green Batters hung on to win it in a suspense ending. “I think we really showed that in the end even when they were trying to make a comeback. We didn’t let up and kept fighting to get that win,” Escaño shared.

Next man up

La Salle and Ateneo not only had to wrestle in a Baseball match, but also had to play it under the burning heat of the sun…for just around four hours.

It was not only a battle of strength and speed among others, but also a battle of endurance. “The conditions were really tough with the extreme heat, and a lot of were badly cramping up,” said Escaño, whose team saw three pitchers, Luis Miñana, Boo Barandiaran, and Diego Lozano one by one cramp up late in the game.

He added, “I liked how people in the team stepped up when we needed to, especially the pitchers. When one by one they started going down with cramps, the next guy was always ready to get the job done.”

It was a testament to how La Salle wanted to claim Game 1 more, and that alone was made Escaño a proud leader. “I’m proud of my team for fighting through it and giving everything they had to get that win.”

Barandiaran replaced Miñana at the top of the seventh inning after the rookie pitcher suffered from cramps. In an instant, however, the Blue Eagles were quick to adjust to Barandiaran’s pitches as they finally put themselves up in the scoreboard with two runs. On the other hand, the Green Batters were silenced at the bottom of the same inning.

Regardless, Barandiaran was able to make his adjustments as the Taft-based squad returned the favor to Katipunan with four runs in the eighth inning, including a Superman-unleashing homerun by Escaño. “Our offense woke up a little bit late though in that game, and I feel like we can do a better job of scoring more runs earlier in the game.

Later in the game, Barandiaran was replaced by Lozano, who was eventually also replaced by Arvin Herrera. “Our pitching and defense were really good through the most part of the game.”

Who wants it more?

Now that everything in Game 1 is done, the Green Batters set their eyes on what could be their last and sweetest game in the UAAP Season 81—the series closer and the championship clincher.

An improved hitting team and four hours of play under a more intense heat of the sun are just some of the things that they can expect in Game 2. And for Escaño, “Now knowing the conditions we’re going to play in, we’re all coming in more prepared.”

He added, “I feel like our bodies will definitely be ready for whatever Game 2 may bring.”

Escaño was least surprised when Ateneo held their final stand at the top of the ninth inning, pulling to within two after being down by seven. “I can’t say that I was surprised by their rally because I knew a team like Ateneo wasn’t going to go down without a fight, especially with stakes this high.”

They did it in the first six innings of the game. “We were able to hold them scoreless, and that’s tough to do with a hitting team such as Ateneo,” Escaño said. Now, the focus is how they can keep their defense as sharp as that.

But just as he would always say, “I knew my team was ready for that and I had full confidence and trust in my teammates at that moment that we could come out with the win even during that rally.”

La Salle may have taken Game 1, but it is not over until it is over, and now is definitely not the time to relax. The Green Batters expect Ateneo to go into Game 2 wanting to force a winner-takes-all match on Friday.

He would always remind his teammates to come in with a greater desire to win, but Escaño simply believes that they have already prepared well and it will just be a matter of who wants it more.

“That’s what it’s really all about. As I said before, I know this team has what it takes to bring that championship home and tomorrow, I’m confident that we’re going to prove that to everybody.”

UAAP Season 81 Finals Team Preview: DLSU Green Batters

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The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Batters have always placed an emphasis on ‘redemption’ in their current run in the UAAP Season 81 Baseball Tournament. With memories of the shock loss in the Finals last season still vivid for most of them, the Green Batters entered this season hungry to redeem themselves and reclaim what should have been for them.

Around a year later, the Green Batters finish the elimination round with a string of six consecutive wins, including a clean slate in Round 2 and an average margin of 13 runs over their last three games. They return to the championship stage where they can show what being hungry for redemption looks like.

A lineup like no other

La Salle will be bannering strong lineup built around the core of last season’s silver medalists, including team captain Iggy Escaño, reigning UAAP MVP Kiko Gesmundo, and veterans Diego Lozano and Boo Barandiaran.

“We’ve shown this season that our offense can put up runs and string hits against any pitcher in the league,” the team captain confidently shared. He added that aside from their hitters, the Green Batters also boast of a deep pitching lineup. “We have a good number of guys that can come in to pitch at any given situation and help us get the outs we need.”

No less than head coach Joseph Orillana shared the same assessment of his team. “Strength nila ang pitching at hitting. Matibay ang pitchers ko. Matibay ang hitters ko.” He added, “Kalaban lang naman nila yung sarili nila. The rest nasa sa kanila na.”

Escaño admitted that what usually hurts them is “our own errors or lack of execution. It’s very important that we limit those and play our game.”

A lineup like no other can go down to drain if the Green Batters fail to execute. Wary of their weaknesses, Orillana first wants to see the Green Batters play on both ends without pressure.

Play simple Baseball

The Finals, the dream run of every team, means everything for those who reach this far. Athletes from both squads are expected to pour out and leave everything in this series. For Orillana, he reminds his wards to play as if it was just another stretch of regular games. “Wag isipin na championship ito. Kung paano sila lumaban nung eliminations, ganun lang din ang approach dito.”

Wary of their tendencies, the only other thing he asks of the Green Batters is to play simple Baseball. The former national team standout said, “Wala na dapat masyadong ingredients sa laro nila kasi malakas na sila. Simple Baseball, okay na yun.”

The long-time Green Batters’ tactician rued unnatural movements during their championship run last season. “Ang nangyayari kasi, hindi na nagiging natural dahil may TV na. Dinadagdagan nila ng arte. Wala na dapat extra movements na parang hindi nila ginagawa sa eliminations.”

The DLSU Green Batters look to draw first blood Game 1 of their Finals series against their archrivals Ateneo Blue Eagles tomorrow, March 29, 12 NN at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.

Escaño closed, “The mindset tomorrow is to come in with a winning mentality. We believe in our team. The hunger that this team has coupled with our belief in one another is what will bring that championship home this year. We’re focused on proving that to everyone this Finals.”

Cabrera satisfied with Lady Batters’ bronze; preps for Season 82 begin

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The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Batters held a twice-to-beat advantage in the semis and were in fact one win away from claiming at least a silver medal in the UAAP Season 81 Softball Tournament. However, back-to-back losses against the UST Golden Tigresses not only prevented them from advancing to the championship round, but ultimately put a dot in their campaign.

Eager to bounce back from their Game 1 defeat, they held UST scoreless in the first inning, and even drew first blood in the second inning with two runs. From there on, however, doors were shut by the Golden Tigresses.

Head coach Jasper Cabrera admitted that the opponents were quick to check La Salle’s pitches. “Pinaghandaan talaga nila si Kiana (Juan). Tumama agad sila.” On the other hand, his players could not return the favor in their offense. “Kami naman, hindi naman nagclick yung batting namin.”

Third place: Bonus, big achievement

Regardless of the elimination, the Lady Batters definitely made a huge run in Season 81. Their 8-6 overall win-loss record catapulted them to the podium at third place, three places higher compared to Season 80 and clearly their best record in years. Their season was highlighted by a 3-0 start and a near sweep of the second round.

“Kalat na kalat tayo noon. Binuo lang natin yan,” Cabrera reminded the Lady Batters as they dealt with lineup problems, converting players from one position to another prior the tournament. He was beyond satisfied with what the outcome.

The Cebuano coach commended his veterans, led by Bacolod-native team captain Jamica Arribas, while also mentioning some of his rookies. “Maganda ang ginagawa nila (Arribas) this season. Yung rookies naman, nagdeliver talaga.”

The soft-spoken tactician reiterated, “Mataas na sa amin actually yung third place. Top four lang naman (ang goal namin), pero bonus na yung naging third place.”

The Lady Batters also received heaps of praises from no less than DLSU Office of Sports Development (OSD) Executive Director Emmanuel Calanog. The former Green Batter, who also happened to be a team manager of the Lady Batters, affirmed, “As long as you put in the work today and masasabi niyo sa sarili niyo na nagawa niyo ang lahat, whatever the result was, wala kayong ikakahiya sa sarili niyo.”

“Technically, you’re the Number 2 team after the eliminations. This is already an achievement in itself,” Calanog added. “Maski sa akin, big achievement ito.”

Season 82: Pick up where they left off

Cabrera continued his postseason pep talk, “Be proud sa sarili niyo kasi umabot tayo hanggang dito. Yung iba nagbabakasyon na, tayo lumaban pa rin.”

“Everything today, tapos na ito. Ilabas niyo na ang sama ng loob niyo kung natalo tayo,” Calanog told the Lady Batters last Monday. He added, “Mindset for next season starts tomorrow. Whether physical or mental, preparations start tomorrow.”

They may currently be wrapping up their UAAP Season 81 episode, but it seems like the sequel is already underway for them. The Lady Batters, however, will be without veterans Mercy Arroyo and Badeth Benson anymore, who will be joining Arribas as they cap off their UAAP careers.

“Mawawalan kami ng tatlo, pero build up lang ng panibagong training. Kailangang makakuha din kami ng may ganung skills, parehas na level,” Cabrera shared on recruiting players who will fill in the shoes of Arribas, Arroyo, and Benson.

As they receive the bronze in the awarding program on Tuesday, April 2, the Lady Batters assure the Lasallian community that they will be picking up where they left off in Season 82. They have tasted the Final Four experience, and they will definitely come back be hungrier.

Fourth straight win powers Lady Batters return to Final Four

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The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Batters picked up their fourth straight win last Thursday, March 14, after upsetting the UE Lady Red Warriors in a come-from-behind fashion, 8-7, at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.

Still without blemish in the second round of eliminations, the Lady Batters remain steady at the second spot of the UAAP Season 81 Softball Tournament.

Moreover, their seventh win of the season proved enough to mark their return to the Final Four.

Team captain Jamica Arribas lauded the team’s resiliency as the team battled through a 3-6 disadvantage against UE midway through the game. “Hindi kami sumusuko kahit ahead na sa amin yung kalaban.”

But for head coach Jasper Cabrera, it was Arribas’ leadership that made it possible for the team to achieve their victory. “It would not be possible without, of course, the leadership of our captain.

Jamica, as a veteran and team captain, was able to lead the team well in terms of emotional aspect. It was not easy at the the start, but we are thankful that they are doing very well together under the leadership of their captain.”

Now that the Lady Batters are through the playoffs, their next target is to try to make it to the top two. “We are aiming na makapasok sa top two dahil advantage yun sa crossover,” said Arribas.

However, it will be a tall order as they will be up against two of the squads that dealt them losses in the first round, having Adamson and UST back-to-back as their remaining assignments. Arribas and her team will secure the second seed if they win both games.

Around the league, the Lady Falcons, the defending champions, have already secured their spot in the playoffs. Also racing for a good position in the Final Four are UST and NU.

Cabrera believes that the Lady Batters in terms of skills can truly compete. “The Lady Batters are well-skilled,” he shared. However, he also noted the need to improve the team’s fighting spirits to make up for their lack of exposure to ‘championship’ games. “We have to improve their fighting spirits. Our team is not exposed to championship games.” He continued, “They have to absorb that they already won several games and let that sink in. They defeated good teams, and now they are being looked up to as good too.”

On the other hand, Arribas specifically mentioned the team’s inconsistency in hitting. According to her, the Lady Batters still have to show more consistency if they wish to collect more wins. “We need to improve our hitting and tibay pa rin ng loob.”

They will face Adamson later today, 11 AM, at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.

‘Fighting spirit’ key to Lady Batters early victories, says Arribas

Following their unscathed win-loss record, the De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Batters have become the surprise league-leaders early in the UAAP Season 81 Softball Tournament standings.

After chalking up only four wins against eight losses last season, La Salle could only settle for sixth place. However, the Lady Batters have now collected victories in each of their outings this season.

They opened up their campaign with a 5-3 rout of the UE Lady Warriors. Then, they followed it up with a 4-3 walk against the UP Fighting Lady Maroons, before overwhelming an Ateneo squad with an 8-1 domination.

“Ang sarap sa pakiramdam na manalo kasi yun yung nagpapaboost ng fighting spirit namin,” team captain Jamica Arribas described their early victories.

The Lady Batters, who had a rather poor start in Season 80, secured only one of their first four assignments. This eventually led them to finishing second to the last among seven participating squads.

Now with their three straight victories to start the new season, the Lady Batters are not only one win shy of tying their overall output in Season 80. They have also already overtaken their most number of consecutive wins last season, which was only two.

Arribas believes that her team has what it takes to compete with the rest of the long-time contenders. “Hindi kami basta-basta ngayon. Kaya din namin tumapat and may ipapakita din kami.”

Nonetheless, she remains hopeful that her team can sustain their good start. “Hindi kami papayag na matalo kasi gusto namin i-maintain yung winning streak and yung magandang record,” she stressed.

It is not an unusual sight in sports that some, after starting on good notes, later on succumb to different pressures and fall ultimately. Such case is not far from the Lady Batters, although their team captain reaffirms her teammates’ fighting spirit.

“Importanteng hindi kami magkaroon ng conflict para as one pa rin kami maglaro. Magaan maglaro pag wala kaming conflict, and iba yung takbo ng team kapag buo kami.”

The Lady Batters season, however, will only get tougher as they square off with the teams that swept them last season. Next in their assignments will be the runners up, the UST Golden Tigresses.

The soft-spoken Arribas only expects that they can translate their hitting practices to their games. “Ineexpect ko na lalabas talaga yung mga tunay na palo namin, kung paano kami maghitting sa trainings.”

She believes that her ladies can show more of their fighting spirit for the rest of the season. “Alam ko na may maipapakita pa yung team namin sobra.”

Green Spikers yield to Blue Eagles in Men’s Volleyball opener

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Spikers suffered a straight-set defeat from the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Blue Eagles, 23-25, 22-25, 15-25, last Sunday, February 17, at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

La Salle jumped off to a quick 4-1 lead in the first set over the Season 80 runners up. The Green Spikers kept held on to their lead, 8-5, entering the first technical timeout. Wayne Marco then extended it to five, 11-6, with a denial on the Blue Eagles. However, returning Geraint Bacon committed back-to-back errors as Ateneo pulled to within two, 10-12. Another defensive stop by the Blue Eagles knotted the set at 15-all, before they eventually overtook the Green Spikers, 16-15, at the second break. It was a nip-and-tuck affair until late in the set as Gian de Jesus tied things up at 23-all with an ace. Unfortunately, Antony Koyfman claimed the first period for his team.

The Katipunan-based squad continued to ride on their momentum as the Blue Eagles started the second frame on fire.  They took advantage of the errors of La Salle, who trailed at the first technical timeout, 3-8. Crosscourt hits and defensive stops by Bacon kept his team within striking distance, 10-13. Another Ateneo error pulled the Taft-based squad to just two points behind, 13-15. The Green Spikers remained behind until 19-21, before the much experienced Ateneo squad pulled away to take the set.

In hopes to keep themselves alive in the game, La Salle turned things around to start the third set. Led by team captain Cris Dumago, Head Coach Arnold Laniog’s boys opened an 8-3 tear. However, the Blue Eagles, led by Koyfman and Chumason Njigha, then unleashed a vicious 16-2 run to flip the tables to their favor. In an unbelievable series of events, what was once a five-point deficit became a nine-point cushion for La Salle’s archrivals. The Green Spikers never came back after trailing by as much as 10, 14-24, late in the set.

Dumago was the lone bright spot for his team, tallying 12 points on 10 attacks and two aces. Bacon, who did not play last season, logged seven attacks in his UAAP return.

On the other hand, three Blue Eagles finished in double figures with Koyfman leading with 15.

The DLSU Green Spikers will try to get their first win of the season when they face Adamson on Saturday, February 23, 10 AM at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Scores:

DLSU (60) – Dumago 12, Bacon 8, Anima 7, Reyes 6, Delos Reyes 5, Marco 2, De Jesus 1.

ADMU (75) – Koyfman 15, Njigha 10, Rivera 10, Medalla 9, Glorioso 7, Magadia 1.

UAAP Season 81 Team Preview: DLSU Lady Batters

After finishing sixth in the UAAP Season 80 Softball Tournament, the De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Batters enter Season 81 with a winning mindset and once again eager to prove themselves to the Lasallian community.

The Lady Batters failed to achieve their bid of a podium finish after winning only four games. La Salle won two games each in the first and second round. They hardly made a run throughout the elimination round after following up a win with a loss and a loss with another loss. Moreover, the Lady Batters came up with four scoreless losses.

Team captain Jamica Arribas described their overall campaign, “Ang ganda ng start namin sa mga games pero wala kaming finishing.” She added, “Maybe last season was not for us talaga kaya palagi kaming short.”

In spite of that, she commended her team and her teammates’ efforts during their campaign last season. “We represented the name in front of our jersey, and we showed what we got.”

With the new season approaching fast for the Lasallian athletes, trainings and preparations are relentless. Sacrifice is expected for players lined up for their respective teams for their long-awaited respective tournaments. And the Lady Batters are no exception to that.

They were not able to spend much of their offseason with their families in the province. Instead, they had to stay within the walls of Enrique Razon Sports Complex and Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium. “Sacrifice yung time namin instead na umuwi sa kanya-kanyang province,” Arribas imparted. Moreover, some of their weekends were also dedicated to trainings and tune-up games.

Although the Taft-based squad were not able to join any preseason tournaments, they played tune-up games with various university and high school teams.

Heading into Season 81, the graduating skipper is confident of her team’s chemistry in and out of the court. “We focused on building our relationship with each other,” Arribas shared. The team lost only one player due to graduation but gained three rookies. “It’s not hard to adjust dahil halos lahat sa amin ay magkakasama araw-araw at nasa iisang dorm lang.”

In addition to that, she believes that having one outlook as a team will be their strength. “We have the same goal, and that is to win. This is the strength of the team.”

“We want to prove ourselves to our coaches, managers, and parents, to OSD and the Lasallian community na kaya naming manalo,” Arribas stated. She continued, “We just need to trust in ourselves, our teammates, coaches, and God para mapagtagumpayan ang goal namin this season.”

With all that said, the Lady Batters are once again placing their bid of a podium finish. The team captain hopes that the team’s preparations will translate to winning games.

She closed, “We will push hard and work hard to make the impossible possible and we will bring good news to DLSU community.”

The DLSU Lady Batters will open their campaign tomorrow, February 16, 11 AM at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium against the UE Lady Warriors.