Marasigan leaves Blue Eagles with a winning legacy

Mark Escarlote on Apr 27, 2016 03:45 PM
Marasigan leaves Blue Eagles with a winning legacy
'Yun ang gusto kong iwan sa kanila na gayahin nila ako, na maganda ang nagawa ko this year -- outgoing Ateneo de Manila captain Ysay Marasigan

Ateneo de Manila University team captain Ysay Marasigan is the kind of leader who leads by example.

In his swan song in the 78th UAAP men’s volleyball tournament, the 21-year-old hitter smashed 11 kills for a total of 12 points Wednesday as the Blue Eagles captured their second straight title at the expense of National University, 25-16, 25-20, 25-19, in Game 2 of the best-of-three series at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Marasigan, who also contributed with seven digs, completed a rare feat for the Blue Eagles as he and three-time indoor volleyball Most Valuable Player Marck Espejo also annexed the beach volleyball title for the Katipunan-based squad during the first semester.

In his last year for the Blue Eagles he made sure that he will be able to define the meaning of being a team skipper, a role given to him when head coach Oliver Almadro assumed the position three years ago.

“Special ito kasi by the time na dumating si coach sa team namin, ginawa niya agad ako na team captain,” he recalled. “Hindi ko pa alam ang gagawin ko noon.”

“So parang this year kung anuman talaga ang ibig sabihin ng team captain, ‘yun ‘yung ipapakita ko sa teammates ko para ‘yun ang iwanan ko sa kanila na gayahin nila,” Marasigan added.

This this the legacy he wanted to leave behind.

“‘Yun ang gusto kong iwan sa kanila na gayahin nila ako, na maganda ang nagawa ko this year,” said Marasigan.

The Interdisciplinary Studies student will still be around for Ateneo as the school will represent the country in the Asian University Games in Singapore this July.

After that, he said that he will continue playing volleyball commercially.   

“I think maglalaro pa ako habang ganito pa rin ang lalaruin ko,” said Marasigan, who will be replaced by towering 6-foot-8 American Tony Koyfman next season. “Hindi ko muna sasayangin. After that tsaka ako magpe-prepare sa kung anumang trabaho.”

And Almadro trusts his ward will be successful in whatever path he wants to take.

“Ysay naman is a very disciplined and determined person so whatever decision he makes, I’m sure he’ll gave his 100%,” he said. 




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