University of Santo Tomas wing spiker Eya Laure just made a significant case for winning the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in the UAAP Season 85 women's volleyball tournament.
Laure, however, said that she doesn't even bother to think about winning this season's top individual award despite her consistent solid play for UST.
The 24-year-old volleybelle, who emerged as the league's leading-scorer this year with 268 points, shared she prefers winning a championship than winning any individual plums, especially now that she's on her penultimate playing year in the league.
“I don't think about it [me possibly winning the MVP plum]. What I really want is to appear at the championship podium. I'm in my senior year now so my attention is focused on winning that championship,” said Laure, who also led the league in scoring last year.
With Laure being a consistent firepower on the offensive end and even being a solid presence on the defensive, UST finished fourth after the elimination round with a 10-4 slate.
The Golden Tigresses notched that 10th win on Sunday, April 30 after holding off the UP Fighting Maroons, 25-21, 25-20, 22-25, 19-25, 15-6, at the FilOil EcoOil Center.
Flexing her MVP form anew, Laure fired 28 points on 26 attacks and two blocks laced with 14 excellent digs in the said contest, as the fourth seed UST set up a semifinals clash against the top seed and twice-to-beat armed La Salle.
Laure and the Golden Tigresses take on the Lady Spikers on Wednesday, May 3 as they try to force the Final Four clash into a decider.
UST and La Salle split their season series this year, 1-1.
“La Salle is La Salle. They have a strong system but we will also show our system. La Salle and UST have formed quite a rivalry over the years. I'm motivated because they're good,” said Laure, who last made the Finals in her rookie year in Season 81 back in 2019.
“I have respect for each player in La Salle. We know that they've been preparing for us today or probably even since yesterday.”
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