NCAA Season 94: Papatunayan ko na deserve ko ‘to – Ebuen on MVP award
Mark Escarlote on Feb 08, 2019 09:25 PM
Iniisip ko po noong tinanggap ko ang award na ‘yun, sinabi ko sa sarili ko na ipapakita ko pa po ang best ko -- Necole Ebuen
Sophomore Necole Ebuen fought through pain in the fifth set and delivered crucial hits not only to help Arellano University extend the best-of-three NCAA Season 94 women’s volleyball series but to prove that she deserved the recognition as Most Valuable Player.
Ebuen was in tears during the post-game interview moments after the Lady Chiefs equalized in Game 2 of the Finals in a 23-25, 25-9, 25-18, 22-25, 15-12, victory over University of Perpetual Help Friday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
“Iniisip ko po noong tinanggap ko ang award na ‘yun, sinabi ko sa sarili ko na ipapakita ko pa po ang best ko,” said Ebuen, who scored 18 points, all from kills, despite suffering a right ankle sprain midway in the fifth frame.
“Kasi maraming nagsasabi na hindi ko po deserve ‘yung award na ‘yun,” said Ebuen in between sobs. “Pero sabi ko papatunayan ko sa inyo na deserve ko itong award na ‘to. Ipinakita ko po talaga ang best ko kanina, kumapit po ako sa game namin.”
Ebuen, who also won the Best Opposite award, hurt her foot midway in the tight fifth set after landing on the foot of Lady Altas Bianca Tripoli.
“OK lang po medyo masakit lang po pero hindi ko po ininda sa game kanina,” said Ebuen, a transferee from Letran who won Rookie of the Year last year.
“Pumasok po kasi ang paa ni Bianca tapos naapakan ko po,” she said. “Masakit po siya pero hindi ko po ininda, sabi ko po ilalaban ko yung game namin na ito para makaaboit kami ng Game 3.”
Arellano U broke an 8-8 deadlock with three straight points before Perpetual stopped the bleeding in the fifth frame. The Lady Chiefs again took a 13-9 lead but committed back-to-back errors as Perpetual closed in.
Ebuen pushed Arellano U at match point with an off the block hit. Cindy Imbo saved a point with a down the line hit but Hershey Llorente overcooked her serve to end the two-hour, 23-minute match.
Game 3 is on Tuesday.
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