MANILA, Philippines -- After dealing with an ankle injury that had her sidelined for months, Eya Laure regained her spot as the main scoring option of University of Santo Tomas (UST).
The UAAP Season 81 Rookie of the Year is now healthy, and wasted no time showing it as she helped the Tigresses complete and elimination round sweep in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Collegiate Conference.
Laure finished with a conference-best 20 points in UST's 25-21, 25-23, 22-25, 25-23 triumph over Arellano University in Group B last Saturday.
That performance earned her the Vision Premier Volleyball League Press Corps Player of Week honors.
The power-hitter played an all-around game as she filled the stats sheet with 17 kills, two aces, and a kill block to go with 10 digs as UST swept the five-game group stage and set up a best-of-three semifinals showdown against UAAP Season 81 finals tormentor Ateneo de Manila University.
More than anything else, Laure needed that kind of explosion to regain her confidence after a long layoff to recuperate from a left ankle injury she sustained during the UAAP finals.
"Makakatulong din 'yun sa akin sa confidence ko kasi nga after UAAP matagal din po ako hindi nakapagbola, matagal ako nahinto," said Laure, who rejoined UST only in their third game of the conference.
"Hanggang ngayon kinukuha ko pa rin ‘yung confidence na nawala sa akin tapos dumating sa point na nahihirapan ako kunin," she added.
Laure, who has averaged 15.3 points in three games of action for UST, also needed to build momentum before she embarks on the biggest stage in her young volleyball career: a tour of duty for the Philippine national team.
The UST sophomore flew to Thailand on Sunday to join the Nationals in their buildup for the inaugural ASEAN Grand Prix in Nakhon Ratchasima from September 20 to 22.
"Malaking bagay ‘to sa akin siyempre na babaunin ko sa Thailand," said Laure.
Laure bested Adamson University's Trisha Genesis and Louie Romero, Diane Ventura of De La Salle-College of St. Benilde, and Faith Nisperos of Ateneo for the weekly recognition given by print and online sportswriters covering the beat.
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