Marck Espejo is the best gift to Ateneo volleyball aside from Alyssa Valdez

Paul Lintag on Apr 18, 2016 01:00 PM
Marck Espejo is the best gift to Ateneo volleyball
National University, then at the peak of its powers in Season 76, is the only team that has stopped Ateneo since Marck Espejo's arrival.

The traditional powerhouses in the UAAP men's volleyball tournament have always been the UST Tiger Spikers and the FEU Tamaraws.

The last couple of years, we saw the rise of the NU Bulldogs.

But now, the Blue Eagles look poised to dominate at least the next five years largely thanks to "Supreme Spiker" Marck Espejo.

Also known as "God's gift to Ateneo."

"I thank God," head coach Oliver Almadro said of his prized recruit. "He [Espejo] is a gift for Ateneo. Destined talaga na makapunta siya ng Ateneo and destined talaga na i-represent ang Ateneo."

"This is his dream school, nandito siya and he's serving his school well. I'm proud of him," Almadro added.

In three seasons playing for Katipunan, the 19-year-old Espejo already has two MVP awards and one UAAP title.

And after the Final Four weekend, Espejo has now led the Blue Eagles to their third straight finals apperance for a chance to go back-to-back. He's also poised to win a third consecutive MVP.

But for Almadro though, Espejo's brilliance stems from the fact that he's also playing with outstanding teammates.

"I always tell him na yung accolades niya individually, it's not only because of him but it's because of his teammates. He is good because of his teammates," Almadro said.

"Yun ang pinaka-importante. He is good because of his hardwork and faith to God," he added.


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