Game 1 pa lang alam kong nandoon ang misis ko -- Javier
Actually noong Game 1 pa lang, alam ko na andon ‘yung misis ko. Lagi kong sinasabi sa kanya na i-guide mo ako, i-guide mo kami. Alam ko na gusto-gusto mo ulit na manalo tayo sa NCAA -- Arellano coach Obet Javier
For Tita Amy Marie.
Players of Arellano University fulfilled their promise to head coach Obet Javier to deliver the championship that his deceased wife wanted the Lady Chiefs to reclaim since winning it all two years ago.
The Lady Chiefs overcame the thrice-to-beat San Sebastian College Lady Stags Tuesday with the title-clinching 25-15, 22-25, 25-23, 25-16, win to pocket the 92nd NCAA women’s volleyball competition at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City
It was a bittersweet championship for Javier, who had to celebrate the school’s second title in the league without the team’s biggest supporter there to witness it and congratulate them.
“Maganda rin yung motivation namin kasi nga sabi nga ng mga players ko, 'Coach, ang unang-unang motivation namin is para kay Tita (ang championship na ito),' said Javier. “Nagpapasalamat ako sa player ko na kasi sa ganoong bagay, nalaman ko na talagang dinamayan nila ako.”
Throughout the series, Javier said that he felt that his wife’s presence was there to guide them back to the throne. Amy Marie died of lung cancer two weeks ago in Spain.
“Actually noong Game 1 pa lang, alam ko na andon ‘yung misis ko,” said Javier. “Lagi kong sinasabi sa kanya na i-guide mo ako, i-guide mo kami. Alam ko na gusto-gusto mo ulit na manalo tayo sa NCAA.”
The mentor never showed pain in front of his players. He was a picture of strength in his most trying times but was able to accomplish their mission against an unbeaten team and armed with a thrice-to-beat advantage in the Finals.
Arellano U did a historic feat beating the Lady Stags in series sweep. SSC-R also lost last year in four games against College of St. Benilde while holding the same advantage.
Finals Most Valuable Player Jovielyn Prado said that they wanted to fulfill the wish of their Tita Amy Marie and at least in a small way console Javier’s bleeding heart on Valentine’s Day.
“Sobrang halaga po kasi isang buong taon po kami nag-hirap eh. Lahat kami nag-training. Lalo na po sa pinagdaanan ni coach, ayun po talaga ang motivation talaga naming,” said Prado, the 2nd Best Outside Hitter of the season. “And ipakita po sa kanya na kayang-kaya po talaga namin.
“Ayun po, kasi si coach po kasi, sobrang tatag,” added Prado, who had 14 points to lead the Lady Chiefs. “Halos hindi namin alam na may pinagdadaanan na po siya. Noong nalaman po namin, nag go-hard po talaga kami para hindi niya na po kami intindihin. Ayun po ang ginawa namin.”
Where ever you are Tita Amy Marie, the Lady Chiefs hope that you are now smiling and celebrating their victory.
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