[Blueboard] Lady Eagles, Thank You for a Great Season!
mvalenzuela at ateneo.edu
Fri Oct 15 09:18:35 PHT 2004
Ateneo de Manila University
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
14 October 2004
MEMO TO : THE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY
FROM : THE PRESIDENT
SUBJECT : LADY EAGLES, THANK YOU FOR A GREAT SEASON!
ADMU LADY EAGLES
At the end of the mass at the Church of the Gesù last Saturday night after the heartbreaking loss of our Lady Eagles to Adamson in the third and final game of the championship, I read a text message, which Dr. Alran Bengzon had sent me. I believe it expresses the sentiment of the Ateneo de Manila community:
“The Lady Eagles did us proud by what they accomplished this year, including this final game -- sound fundamentals, high energy, great heart, and strong sense of team. They are models for all ADMU athletes, teams and coaches. Congratulations forever.”
Truly, to our Lady Eagles from the whole Ateneo Community, congratulations and thanks for a season to remember. The team finished number 2 during the season with a 9-3 record, losing once to FEU and twice to Adamson. They eliminated La Salle in the Final 4 playoffs. In the Finals series vs Adamson, we won game 1 by 3 points, lost by 1 point in game 2, and finally lost a very thrilling game 3 in OT by 3 points.
Right after the game, the team was in tears. When asked on Halikinu radio last Monday how she felt, Danica Caynap or “Dcay” said, “It was painful. The whole day I was stunned and I just couldn't believe that we just lost it.” But then “a lot of people were still so supportive of us and so we find the strength to go on. I guess it’s a good sign and that God has a lot more things in store for us, better things in store for us.” Pipay Villanueva, who scored a career high 26 points in the final game, expressed the same feelings in the interview, adding that the championship series “was a very nice experience because after so many years (17 to be exact), we finally got back to the finals.”
Coach John Flores expressed how moved he was by the sea of blue and white waiting for them as they left the dugout after the game. The university community appreciates very much how the team has improved and grown, from a 0-12 record five years ago to reaching the final 4 last year and the finals this year. This is the result of very hard work all year round practicing almost daily from 6am to 9am. Those who read Carolyn Tan-chi’s essay in the Philippine Daily Inquirer of July 14 know the exemplary discipline of our young women, balancing basketball, academics and their personal and spiritual life. This strong finish and their exemplary discipline should further boost Ateneo sports in general and women’s sports in particular.
Towards the end of the Halikinu interview, Dcay Caynap said something that I found both unusual and exemplary: “We’d like to congratulate the Adamson Lady Falcons. It was a very good series and we learned a lot from them.” This is a team that is already at a very high level and that continues to grow and to learn. We look forward with them to the next season and to our first ever championship in women’s basketball.
Our warmest thanks to Coach John Flores and the coaching staff, to Team Manager Treena Limjengco, to Justin and Marissa Adviento, to Mr. Jun-jun Capistrano, Mr. Ricky Palou, to the Team Captain Tin Chua and the Co-Captains Dcay Caynap and Pipay Villanueva and the whole team, and to the parents whose unconditional support for the team was their source of strength.
Mary, for you, for your white and blue.
We pray you’ll keep us, Mary, constantly true.
We pray you’ll keep us, Mary, faithful to you.
BIENVENIDO F. NEBRES, S.J.
The ATENEO LADY EAGLES Women’s Basketball Team would like to thank the whole Ateneo community for its tremendous and overwhelming support. Special thanks to:
Coach John Flores and the coaching staff
Justin and Marissa Adviento
Dr. Tito Chan
Fr. Ben Nebres, S.J.
Fr. Tito Caluag, S.J.
Fr. Rudy Fernandez, S.J.
Coaches Joe Lipa & Ricky Dandan
Coaches Sandy Arespacochaga & Jamike Jarin
Coach Chot Reyes
Mr. Jose M. Santos
Dr. Miren Gonzalez-Intal
Ms. Chita Rosales
Dr. George Canlas
Team Manager Treena Limjengco
The Ateneo Alumni (Special mention to: Jimmy Alabanza, Vic Lim, Dennis Javier, Mon Murillo, Fred Sy, Class of HS 62, Joel Lopa, Bombit Silva, JM Silva)
The parents of the Ateneo Lady Eagles
Erika Dy, Donna Reyes, Carla Laroza,Candy Tanchi and Batch 2001 who started it all
Noel Raya and Family
Ron Bebida and Family
The Moro Lorenzo Staff
The University Athletics Staff
ADMU LADY EAGLES
18 Barracoso, Marie Anjelica C.
5 Caynap, Danica Regina G. Co - Captain
9 Chua, Kristine C. Team Captain
12 Grajales, Aileen A.
11 Herrera, Mara Kristina G.
4 Lee Villanueva, Stephanie L.S. Co - Captain
17 Leyco, Khristia Angela V.
6 Ngo, Cheryll B.
8 Quimpo, Katrina A.
10 Rapes, Ana Therese A.
14 Sy, Theresa T.
15 Tan, Ann Katherine A.
7 Tan-chi, Carolyn H.
13 Tioseco, Cassandra Noel G.
Head Coach: John Flores
Asst. Coaches: Haydee Ong
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