Passing of their coach's wife motivates Lady Chiefs
Kailangan kong ipakita sa team ko na kailangang matatag eh. Pinipilit kong maging matatag sa harapan nila. Siyempre kapag mag-isa ka na lang doon mo na mailalabas ang dapat ilabas -- Arellano University coach Obet Javier
Arellano University has added motivation in its drive to win its second NCAA women’s volleyball title.
The Lady Chiefs want to fulfill a promise to their biggest supporter.
Head coach Obet Javier is a picture of strength and composure in the 92nd NCAA Finals series against the San Sebastian Lady Stags but he is fighting his own battle the whole time, dealing with the passing of his wife.
Javier lost his better half, Amy, to lung cancer just this week. As if the pain of losing a loved one is not hard enough, Javier was on the other side of the world when his wife drew her last breath in Spain with their daughter.
“Hindi namin sukat-akalain na sa kanya pa tatama ang cancer eh. Ilang taon din kaming nakipaglaban (sa cancer),” he said.
He’s mourning on his own. But it doesn’t show when he is on court, steering the Lady Chiefs closer to reclaiming the title the Legarda-based squad last held two years ago.
Just one more win away to fulfill the wish of his wife.
“‘Yung misis ko kahit na sabihin na natin na wala na siya, ang lagi niyang pinapangarap ay ‘yung mag-champion ulit kami eh,” said Javier moments after Arellano outlasted the Lady Stags, 18-25, 25-16, 25-11, 26-28, 15-13, Friday in Game 2 of the 92nd NCAA women’s volleyball Finals at The Arena in San Juan.
“Nu’ng time na malaman ng mga players ko na ganoon nga, ang unang sinabi sa akin ng mga players sa akin, ‘Coach ito yung una sa mga motivation namin. Iaalay namin ito kay Tita,’” added Javier, whose team came in the series with a thrice-to-win disadvantage but can close out the series on Tuesday.
The Lady Chiefs pulled off a shocker last Tuesday, 25-18, 25-20, 25-16, win in the series opener.
Javier said that he is drawing strength from his players as his players draw theirs from the former National University setter.
“Malaking bagay ‘yun para sa akin,” said Javier, who added that as much as possible he is trying to keep it all to himself and not let his players get out of their championship focus. “Sinabi ko sa team ko na hindi dapat pinag-uusapan 'yun sa ensayo. Dapat naka-focus kami sa practice. ‘Yung problema sa akin, sa amin na lang ‘yun.”
The remains of his wife is expected to arrive in two weeks time.
“Na-cremate na kahapon pero two weeks pa ang pag-uwi niya rito. Siguro after nito, aantay kami kung kailan talaga darating ang urn ng misis ko,” he said.
“Kailangan kong ipakita sa team ko na kailangang matatag eh. Pinipilit kong maging matatag sa harapan nila,” Javier added. “Siyempre kapag mag-isa ka na lang doon mo na mailalabas ang dapat ilabas.”
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