Kailangan talaga may hugot -- Kim Fajardo on win over UP
Makikita mo sila, kahit sino bigyan mo ng bola, nandoon Ďyung fire sa mata nila na gusto kong patayin Ďto, makabawi ako dito -- De La Salle team captain Kim Fajardo
Graduating De La Salle University setter Kim Fajardo and last year’s Finals Most Valuable Player Kim Kianna Dy wanted revenge and they got it.
With fire in their eyes and vengeance as motivation, the duo led the defending champions Lady Spikers as they returned the favor against their first round tormentors with a coldhearted sweep, 27-25, 25-11, 25-17, Sunday in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
DLSU snatched its third straight win to improve to a 8-2 win-loss record behind semis-bound and league-leading Ateneo de Manila (9-1) and more importantly got back at one of the squads that dealt them a loss this season.
The Lady Spikers were on a two-game winning streak to open the season when the Lady Maroons with their ‘UP Ikot’ snapped DLSU's momentum with a 25-22, 25-21, 25-19 win last February 15.
That was the first time UP won against the Lady Spikers in 16 UAAP head-to-head matches. Right after that loss, DLSU players refused to grant interviews and reportedly headed back to their gym for a round of training.
The Lady Spikers made sure that there won’t be a repeat when they meet again.
“’Yeah (motivated kami). Kasi syempre natalo kami ng first round so bitbit namin ‘yun going to the game,” said Dy, who dropped 11 points anchored on nine kills. “’Yun ‘yung naging inspiration namin in this game. Syempre marami kaming pinagdaanan after nu’ng game na ‘yun. So ayaw namin maulit.”
Fajardo, for her part, used their first round loss as fuel or “hugot” for revenge.
“Oo naman. Kailangan talaga may hugot. Kasi kailangan meron kang motivation,” said the setter, who dished out 23 excellent sets. “Kailangan meron kang motivation para manalo, para gawin ang isang bagay. Siguro ‘yun din ang nagpapanalo sa amin ngayon na since talo kami ng first round dito sa UP, may hugot sila.”
She doesn’t even have to remind her teammates. She knew all of them wanted payback and it translated with four players scoring in double digits.
“Makikita mo sila, kahit sino bigyan mo ng bola, nandoon ‘yung fire sa mata nila na gusto kong patayin ‘to, makabawi ako dito,” she said.
With UP already crossed out of its hit list, DLSU now sets its eyes on the only other team that handed them a loss – Ateneo.
“Puwedeng (statement win). Ayaw namin na natalo na nga kami ng first round tapos matatalo pa kami ng second round,” said Dy, whose crew will meet the Lady Eagles on April 8 at the end of the elimination.
And Ateneo better be ready.
“Like last season mas gumagalaw kami ng maayos when we're beaten parang may hidden hugot,” Dy said.
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