Worth it -- Fajardo on playing her final year

Worth it -- Fajardo on playing her final year
Mami-miss ko sila talaga. Kasi hindi nakikita ng lahat kung papaano ang mga batang ‘to. Di kasi nakikita sa TV kung ano sila sa labas ng court. Mami-miss ko talaga sila -- DLSU setter Kim Fajardo

Top setter Kim Fajardo took eight months to decide to play her fifth and final year for De La Salle University.

It was a great decision. 

The playmaker closed her checkered collegiate career on a winning note, leading the Lady Spikers to back-to-back titles in a sweep of bitter rival Ateneo de Manila Saturday in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball best-of-three Finals at the Big Dome.      

“Siyempre naman po worth it ang lahat ng nangyari sa akin,” said Fajardo minutes after DLSU defeated the Lady Eagles, 19-25, 25-14, 18-25, 25-18, 15-10, in Game 2 of the series.

In her last game for the Taft-based squad, Fajardo dished out 43 excellent sets on top of her six points.    

The skipper rallied her team from 1-2 match deficit, inspiring her team to complete the comeback that mirrored her heroics in the second set of the Lady Spikers’ 21-25, 29-27, 25-22, 25-20 win in the series opener last Tuesday.  

“Siyemre she was my main inspiration for today's game and I'm happy that we were able to give her the exit that she deserves,” said fourth year hitter Kim Dy.

“Una talaga, ayaw ko nung ganun kasi gusto ko sila ang maglaro, gusto ko silang magkaroon din ng pangalan for them. Noong naririnig ko ‘yung nu’ng patapos na, ‘yun ang palagi nilang sinasabi, sabi ko sa sarili ko kung makakalaro sila ng maayos, tapos ide-dedicate nila sa akin yun, then why not?” said Fajardo. “Kung ‘yun ang makakapagpalaro sa kanila ng maayos.”

Her teammates kept their promise to give Fajardo a fitting sendoff gift – her third title in five colorful years with the green and white.

“Sobrang sarap, ‘di ko alam kung paano ko i-explain. Sobrang saya ko talaga,” said Fajardo. “Kasi yun nga, hindi ko naramdaman na ako yung pinakamatanda sa amin. Hindi ko naramdaman na ako yung mag-isa, na ako lang yung lumalaban, Never ko na-feel yun, never nila pinaramdam sa akin.”

Head coach Ramil de Jesus praised his playmaker – a three-time Best Spiker winner - for leaving a winning legacy and inspiring a new generation of potential Lady Spikers.

“Kasi sabi ko ‘yung ma-inspired ka siguro. ‘Yung siguro inspiration sa ibang mga players na kapag nagpunta ng La Salle nakatatak sa isip nila na may naging player dito na Kim Fajardo,” he said. “Siguro isa ‘yun sa maalala ng mga tao kapag may mga players na magpupunta ng La Salle.”

Asked about what she will remember the most about DLSU, Fajardo gave a little ribbing on her mentor.

“Pinapagalitan niya (De Jesus) ako parati,” she joked.

But her serious answer, “Mami-miss ko sila talaga. Kasi hindi nakikita ng lahat kung papaano ang mga batang ‘to. Di kasi nakikita sa TV kung ano sila sa labas ng court. Mami-miss ko talaga sila.”

 

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