Eli Soyud will be facing her former team as an Adamson player for the first time in the UAAP.
And while this might be a big deal to fans and observers alike, it’s just another game for the ex-La Salle stalwart who helped the Lady Spikers to a championship two years ago.
Nonetheless, Soyud is looking forward to trading spikes and barbs with close friend Des Cheng.
“Siguro napag-usapan na namin before, si Des. Si Des talaga. Best friend ko yun e,” she said when asked who she is excited to do battle with on the court on Saturday. “Wala namang hard feelings. Siguro asaran lang.”
Soyud had arguably her best UAAP game with the Lady Falcons last Wednesday, scoring 19 points in a deflating loss to Ateneo.
But her spate of errors in the third set allowed the Lady Eagles to go up, 2-1, and she was unable to contribute when the San Marcelino squad needed a go-to weapon in the final frame.
“Siguro nag-ingat lang ako kaso sobrang mas nag-error pa,” she admitted. “Nakabawi naman pero kulang pa rin.”
In these trying times, Adamson would need Soyud, who was one of their most potent weapons in the PVL last year, to deliver.
And as the Lady Falcons approach a crucial stretch that would probably make or break their campaign, Soyud promises to be ready — even if that means getting her out of her comfort zone at the opposite position.
“Basta kung ano yung makakatulong sa team, go lang ako,” she said. “Kung ano yung kailangan, gagawin ko. Kailangan ko mag-contribute sa team para manalo.”
Does it include sharing what she knows about La Salle’s game play to the Lady Falcons?
“Kung ano yung alam ko na kaya kong i-share sa teammates ko, sa magiging game plan namin, gagawin ko,” she said. “Syempre higitan ko pa yung game ko ngayon, better dapat.”