Sigh of relief for Fajardo after leading La Salle to latest title
Paul Lintag on May 01, 2016 12:30 AM
"Sobrang sarap ng feeling." --- Kim Fajardo.
For De La Salle University team captain Kim Fajardo, there was absolutely no way Ateneo was walking out of the Araneta Coliseum as three-time UAAP champions.
After Ateneo took the opening set thanks to the offensive exploits of three-time MVP Alyssa Valdez, Fajardo went to work and ran the La Salle offense to perfection.
The result? Three straight wins for the Lady Spikers in sets 2-4 on their way to a ninth UAAP title.
Even when the Lady Eagles were desperately trying to stay alive in the final moments of game 3, Fajardo remained unfazed and claimed to championship for Taft.
"Never, never talaga," Fajardo said after being asked if she doubted anything in game 3.
"Kine-claim ko na yun amin ito. Amin ito. Lalabas kami sa Araneta na masaya, champion. Ayokong umalis na malungkot," she added.
Fajardo scored six points and recorded 51 exellent sets in the deciding game.
And as a reliable team captain, she made sure the Lady Spikers were not going to let up until the very end, even when they arrived at championship point with room to spare.
"Kaya pang habulin yun eh, hindi pa tapos. Hanggang hindi pa tapos yung laban, wala pang panalo di ba," she added. "Kinausap ko sila na parang 'hoy ano ba, last one na tayo ganyan pa ba gagawin natin? Tara na wag na natin pabayaan to.'"
Finally winning a championship after two failed tries against Ateneo, there is a sense of relief now for Fajardo.
"Ako naman wala naman ako iniisip na 'ako yung captain' ayoko yun kasi pressure yun eh. Kapag nagawa ko yung trabaho ko, dun ko masasabi na nakapag-deliver ako, makakahinga ka ng maluwag," Fajardo said.
"Sobrang sarap ng feeling," she added.
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