First-ever yellow card all worth it for Ateneo captain Ysay

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Apr 23, 2016 03:49 PM
First-ever yellow card all worth it for Ateneo captain Ysay
AND THEY WERE ALL YELLOW. Ateneo rallied behind yellow card-ed Ysay Marasigan to down NU in four sets.

On Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum, history was made for the Ateneo de Manila University Men’s Volleyball program.

No, not as huge as the school’s first-ever back-to-back championship, but noteworthy nonetheless – the first-ever yellow card for Ysay Marasigan in all his playing years.

The Blue Eagles captain acknowledged his milestone to reporters right after his team carved out a four-set victory versus National University.

The historic yellow card came in the second set with the Bulldogs already up one set and giving the defending champions all sorts of problems. After a kill, Marasigan went over to the opposite side of the court to lock eyes and exchange pleasantries with Paolo Ancheta.

Narrating what was going through his mind then, the senior said, “Na-trigger na rin kasi ilang beses na akong tina-trash talk, tinitignan, at kung ano-ano sinasabi.” He continued, “And down din kami nun so kinelangan din ng team na ibalik yung mga ginagawa sa amin.”

Indeed, right after their team captain’s infraction, Ateneo imposed their will and soared to sweep the next three sets.

Rather than seeing it as a negative, coach Oliver Almadro actually believed that the yellow card provided just what his wards needed. As he put it, “Gusto lang ni Ysay na mabuhay yung team. Natalo kasi kami sa first set so pinakita lang niya sa teammates niya na heto ako, laban ako.”

He was quick to add, however, “Alam niyo naman kami sa Ateneo, we’re not into trash talking pero binuhay niya talaga ang team.”

For his part, Marasigan said he had no regrets with what happened. “Masaya pa rin kasi nabalik yung laban namin,” he said.

Don’t expect it to happen again anytime soon, however. “Mag-iisip na lang siguro ako ng ibang strategy paano ma-fire up yung team,” the Eagles captain said.

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