Lalaro ako -- Kim Fajardo to return for one last dance
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 20, 2016 09:13 PM
Lalaro ako. I love them so much to leave -- Fajardo
De La Salle University setter Kim Fajardo faces a tough challenge in the coming 79th UAAP women’s volleyball leading a young team to defend the crown.
Fajardo decided to remain with the squad after a long guessing game to whether she will forego her last playing eligibility with the departure of other senior players like Ara Galang, Cyd Demecillo and Mika Reyes last season when the Lady Spikers reclaimed the throne against archrival Ateneo de Manila University.
The challenge now for the 23-year old playmaker is to rally the Taft-based squad’s bid for a back-to-back title when the UAAP opens on February 4.
“Challenging talaga kasi ako na lang ang senior sa team pero tiwala naman ako na kayang mag-step up yung mga bata,” said Fajardo, who broke her long silence Tuesday through ABS-CBN News.
Fajardo, a two-time UAAP Best Setter winner, will spearhead the Ramil De Jesus-mentored squad with returning Season 78 Finals Most Valuable Player Kim Dy, Majoy Baron and libero Dawn Macandili.
"Lalaro ako. I love them so much to leave," was Fajardo’s welcome statement that gave an early Christmas gift for the Lady Spikers faithful. "Hirap pa ko iwan sila knowing na may oras pa ko para makasama yung team."
Fajardo will be bringing in quite a resume in her swan song.
After the UAAP Season 78, Fajardo played for F2 Logistics in the Philippine Superliga where she helped the Cargo Movers win the All-Filipino Conference crown and a third place finish in the import-flavored Grand Prix.
She also had the rare opportunity to represent the country in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship a few months back.