MANILA, Philippines -- University of the Philippines's (UP) veteran spiker Isa Molde is still recovering from an ankle sprain but is hopeful that she can play in their crucial showdown against Far Eastern University (FEU) on Saturday.
Molde, who averages 12.78 points per game for UP, had to be stretchered out of the Mall of Asia Arena court after an awkward fall during the second set of their game against Ateneo de Manila University last Saturday.
While the fourth-year spiker was clearly in pain at the time, she was relieved to learn that she had just suffered a Grade 1 sprain to her ankle and had no damage to her knees.
"Ang taas kasi ng pinanggalingan ko, kaya ang sakit talaga," said Molde. "Noong nalaman kong akle sprain lang, sobrang saya ko kasi for sure, kaunti lang 'yung treatment, makakalaro agad ako."
Molde was in street clothes when the Lady Maroons took on University of the East on Wednesday. It took UP five sets, but they managed to secure a 25-23, 20-25, 25-23, 24-26, 15-11 triumph to improve to 6-4 in the season.
"Feel ko naman na kaya nilang talunin 'yung UE," said Molde. "Masaya na din na nanalo."
UP coach Godfrey Okumu could not say with certainty that Molde will suit up on Saturday, noting that they have yet to get a go-signal from the doctors.
"The doctors have to clear her for jumping and stuff like that, because we don't want to make the situation worse," he pointed out.
Molde, however, is determined to at least give it a shot.
"Masakit pa rin naman, pero ipipilit na makalaro sa Saturday," she said. "Ita-try namin, ilalaban."
Saturday's showdown is crucial for both UP and FEU, as they are mired in a three-way tie for fourth place along with University of Santo Tomas, with all three teams toting 6-4 win-loss records.
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