Ayoko talagang magpatalo -- DLSU's Kim Fajardo

Mark Escarlote on May 02, 2017 09:28 PM
Ayoko talagang magpatalo -- DLSU's Kim Fajardo
Kahit down kami di naman ako nawalan ng tiwala sa team ko -- Kim Fajardo

Trailing by five in the second set and behind by a set in Game 1 of the Finals, graduating setter Kim Fajardo showed her heart by rallying her team to a crucial frame win that turned the tide in favor of defending champion De La Salle University.

And Fajardo established her heroics in the set using her most reliable weapon: her heavy serves.

The fifth year playmaker strung three service aces in the telling run that erased Ateneo’s 22-17 lead in the second frame. Her last service winner tied the set at 22 and DLSU held on in the extended frame to tie the match, 1-1.

It was the turning point of the first battle of the storied rivalry in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball best-of-three Finals series Tuesday at the Big Dome.

The Lady Spikers used their second set win to draw first blood in their sixth straight championship showdown against Ateneo, 21-25, 29-27, 25-22, 25-20, and the Taft-based squad is now a win away from bagging its 10th overall UAAP crown – all thanks to Fajardo’s timely gems from the service line.

“Iba ‘yun eh talent ni Kim ‘yun eh,” said DLSU coach Ramil De Jesus. “Kahit sabihin ko na sa ganito mo dalhin pero kung ‘yun ang gusto niyang gawin at confident siya na ganoon, hinanayaan ko na lang siya.”

Fajardo, who also gave the Lady Eagles a terrible headache in the Finals opener last year because of her service aces, finished with 10 points – seven coming off the service line.

The two-time Best Setter winner tallied 37 excellent sets and had 10 digs to chip in on defense but it was her second set heroics that fueled DLSU’s first win against the team that swept them in two meetings in the elimination round. 

“Kahit down kami di naman ako nawalan ng tiwala sa team ko,” said the 23-year-old setter.

“Siyempre kapag ganoon ayaw mo talagang magpatalo, ayaw ko ring ma-down ang team ko,” she added.

Fajardo and the Lady Spikers go for the jugular on Saturday.





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