While a lot of UAAP players will return to their respective provinces or venture out for a day or two at the beach during the break, Mylene Paat said she’ll stay in Manila.
A Pangasinan native who made her name in Baguio, Paat will spend the long break getting much-needed rest while also trying to better her game by watching videos of their previous outings.
“Mag-stay ako dito,” she said. “Gusto ko talaga mag-training. Gusto ko i-work out yung mga kulang ko. Siguro magpapahinga lang ako sa bahay tapos viewing ng games.”
Paat had 17 points off 10 hits and seven blocks against Ateneo last Sunday, but was especially hard on herself after a crucial net touch brought the Lady Eagles to match point in the fifth set.
The opposite hitter was seen crying in the dugout and blaming herself for the Lady Falcons’ sorry loss in a game they were so close to collecting as a W.
“Umiyak ako kasi sayang, parang ganun,” she said. “Naputol yung momentum sa mga error na di inaasahan.”
The loss dropped the San Marcelino belles to 5-6, a full game behind struggling NU, who is at fourth place with a 6-5 record.
Paat and the rest of her crew get a chance at redemption next week, when they face a solid FEU side that they defeated in a first-round nail-biter.
Before that, though, Paat knows that they have to work on that thing their coaches have been bugging them about throughout the season.
“Kailangan talaga namin ng consistency,” she said. “Through serving and defense. Yung first ball kasi dun kami humuhugot ng lakas ng depensa namin.”