Published on May 13th, 2016 | by Michiko Alejandro0
Carol Cerveza: Resilient Lady Spiker signing off
The five-year journey of being a Lady Spiker was a story worth telling. Nothing came easy before Carol Cerveza reached the place where she is right now. Those years were filled with sacrifice, perseverance, and mixed emotions.
As being part of a sports-inclined family, she used them as her inspiration and source of strength when things get rough. “I want to be like them. Iniisip ko na lang yung outcome. Kapag nag hirap ka, you’ll get something great in return” said the positive-thinking Lady Spiker.
In life, there will come a time wherein you will need to make sacrifices. Being a student-athlete is not easy, from waking up early for training to going to class regularly, from maintaining a passing grade to catching up with her family and friends.
For Cerveza to be able to balance her studies and collegiate career, she had to make a sacrifice shifting from BS Electronics and Communications Engineering (ECE) to BS Entrepreneurship during her 2nd year. Then, it took another 2 hard-earned years to gain her position in the court.
“Favorite ko yung 4th year ako, that year ako na-notice ni coach at doon ako na-start gamitin sa games at sa crucial situations. Thankful pa rin ako na naging part ako ng team until now.” Describing the match with FEU last January 2016 when she was used as a substitute for Des Cheng, and surprised the crowd for giving the unexpected lift for her Green-and-White squad.
The 5’9 rising star remained as an effective player this season 78, playing important roles during critical games, and most notable during the 2nd elimination game against Far Eastern University. Watching her team from the bench being taunted by their rivals, the fire in her ignited even more.
“So nung pumasok ako sa court, inisip ko na hindi ako papayag na tinatawanan lang kami ng kalaban so kailangan lumaban talaga.”
As one of the seniors in the team, she motivates herself and the team through influencing positive energy in the court. She said that her goal is to lighten up their mood and enjoy the challenge, rather than focus on the pressure.
A resilient Lady Spiker inside and outside the court, that’s how the La Sallian community will remember her. She may not have the spotlight and fame, but her teammates and coaches witnessed how she became a role model who never gave up especially during her first years as a Lady Spiker.
Moving on to the next chapter of her life, she already has a lot of options after graduation. As an entrepreneur major, she would like to set up a business with her siblings or accept the job offer from a corporate company. Being known as the spark plug during crucial games, she also got an offer from a semi-pro volleyball league.
With her focus on this season’s final match from becoming UAAP Season 78 Women’s volleyball champions, she remained undecided about her plans.
The solid teamwork of DLSU’s Lady Spikers is what Cerveza will surely miss the most in her team; that despite of the differences, they were able meet at a certain point. Notwithstanding the season full of challenges, they still manage to enjoy and be happy.
Cerveza expressed an emotional message for her team: “Stay happy all the time, kahit mahirap. Marami pang challenges na ma-fface yung team lalo na madami kaming seniors na ga-graduate, so mostly bata yung maiiwan. Sana yung culture, at lessons na naiwan naming sakanila, ma-keep nila by heart at ma-pass nila sa future players.”