first_imgMOST READ Gronk unleashed: Rob Gronkowski sets course for retirement fun Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles FEU Lady Tamaraws. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Jerrili Malabanan knew she had to show her leadership when Far Eastern University was dealt with not just one but two injuries against Adamson University in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.Middle blocker Jeanette Villareal sprained her right ankle late in the first set and rookie star Lycha Ebon also suffered her own injury when her right knee buckled early in the fifth set.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES The Lady Tamaraws were clearly in shambles but Malaban knew she had to keep her team together as her teammates calm team captain.Her leadership, together with the team’s spirited play, allowed FEU to escape in five sets, 30-32, 25-20, 23-25, 25-20, 15-13, Sunday at Ynares Center in Antipolo City.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“After Lycha went down, we kind of huddled and we told each other that we would play for them,” said Malabanan. “It would be harder for them knowing that we lost and then they weren’t able to do anything. So we really offered the game for them.”Malabanan, though, wasn’t just trying to keep her team in check since she herself struggled with her offense for most of the game. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Google Philippines names new country director FEU head coach George Pascua even decided to bench Malabanan the entirety of the third set and only use her captain as a substitute in the fourth.Malabanan, though, got her mojo back and came up big in the clutch for the Lady Tamaraws when she put her at the 14-13 match point with a well-placed kill that landed mere inches from the baseline.“Like what coach always tells me since I’m the captain he wants me to be the one leading the team on the court,” said Malabanan, who finished with eight points. “When he takes me off the court he always tells me that it’s my time to recoup and refocus.”“When I get back in, I know how I can really help the team.”ADVERTISEMENT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving View commentslast_img