Fajardo gets chance to leave a winning legacy
Mark Escarlote on Apr 22, 2017 10:53 PM
Ngayon sobrang saya kasi unti-unti nakikita namin kung saan kami talaga -- Kim Fajardo
Graduating De La Salle University setter Kim Fajardo will get a chance to leave a winning legacy to mark her final playing year with the Lady Spikers.
The Taft-based squad is back in the championship round for the ninth straight year after defeating University of Sto. Tomas in four sets Saturday in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball Final Four at the Big Dome.
Fajardo is in her fifth straight Finals stint, but DLSU’s championship appearance for the 23-year-old playmaker came as a surprise especially after the departure of key players Ara Galang, Mika Reyes and Cyd Demecillo last year.
“Masaya siyempre kasi una pa lang, hindi ko alam kung ano ang mangyayari sa team ko, kasi bata nga,” she said. “Ayun, pero ngayon sobrang saya kasi unti-unti nakikita namin kung saan kami talaga.”
Fajardo finished with 11 points including five from the service line and the two-time Best Setter winner tallied 39 excellent sets.
De Jesus praised the skipper for leading the team back into the championship round.
“’Yun, kasi Kim Fajardo siya eh. Malaking bagay na may Kim Fajardo ka sa loob ng court,” he said.
DLSU banked on Fajardo’s nerves of steel and composure especially when the Tigresses threatened to make a comeback.
“Eh charot. Pero okay lang naman ‘yun kasi kahit naman ako, sinasabi ko sa sarili ko, na though hindi naman ako mag-isa, kasama ko naman sila, pero ako naman ‘yung graduating, ako naman yung setter, ako yung captain, ako ‘yung sandalan,” she said. “So ako dapat ‘yung matatag. Sinasabi ko na sa sarili ko na aakuin ko ito. Pero hindi ko sinasabi na kaya ko ito mag-isa, kasi ayun, solid kami talaga.”
After DLSU reclaimed the crown last year against Ateneo de Manila University, it took Fajardo quite a while to decide if she’ll return for a swan song.
With a young core, she knew it will be a difficult season for the Lady Spikers but she accepted the challenge and embraced her role for one last time.
She wanted to repay all the trust De Jesus has given her.
And that is by leading her team to glory once again.
For one last time starting April 29.
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