Macandili dedicates 2017 PSA Ms. Volleyball honor to coach Ramil De Jesus
For me talaga hands down ako kay coach Ramil kung gaano kagrabe ang dedication niya talaga lalo na sa pagtuturo sa player kasi nakikita mo talaga na kahit galit siya nandoon pa rin ang point --- Dawn Macandili on DLSU mentor Ramil De Jesus
De La Salle University has been collecting UAAP titles and producing women’s volleyball superstars under the tutelage of a great coach in Ramil de Jesus.
Libero Dawn Macandili’s recognition as the Philippine Sportswriters Association’s 2017 Ms. Volleyball is a testament of the volleyball program perfected by De Jesus.
Macandili will join other Filipino athletes who brought honor to the country in the year that was on Tuesday during the country’s oldest media organization’s Annual Awards Night at the Maynila Hall of the historic Manila Hotel.
The defense specialist is the third Lady Spiker to receive the award after Aby Marano back in 2013 when she shared the honor with Alyssa Valdez and Mika Reyes, who was named 2016 Ms. Volleyball.
Macandili gave credit to the mentor who recruited the Tanuan, Batangas native.
“For me talaga hands down ako kay coach Ramil kung gaano kagrabe ang dedication niya talaga lalo na sa pagtuturo sa player kasi nakikita mo talaga na kahit galit siya nandoon pa rin ang point,” said Macandili, who gained the moniker ‘Ms. Everywhere’ for her great floor defense and dedication to save the ball. “Nandoon ang point eh. Nagagalit siya pero alam mo kung bakit siya nagagalit kasi gusto niya na mag-improve ka pa.”
“Kahit star player ka pa, kahit national team player ka pa, papagalitan ka niya kasi alam niya may ii-improve ka pa,” she added. “Na hindi ka pa sagad, hindi ka pa buo as a player.”
“So yun ang gusto ko sa kanya kasi there’s always something more to learn from him na hindi mo nakikita. Kasi siyempre siya ang coach mo, siya yung may kilala sa’yo na nakikita niya ang player as a whole not only inside the court but also outside,” Macandili continued. “Kasi nako-connect niya yan eh, kung ano ang ginagawa mo outside. Nako-connect niya yan kung bakit ganyan ang galaw mo sa loob ng court.”
Macandili started 2017 with a stellar performance that helped DLSU retain the UAAP crown they reclaimed the year before, after ending archrival Ateneo de Manila University’s two-year reign.
Despite playing an unglamorous role compared to high-flying hitters, Macandili became the catalyst of DLSU’s offense with her superb control of the first ball that gave the Lady Spikers an easier time orchestrating their offensive pieces.
DLSU went on to advance in its ninth straight Finals appearance and sixth consecutive championship showdown with the Lady Eagles.
With the Season 79 Best Receiver manning the floor, the Lady Spikers, who were swept by the Lady Eagles in the two-round elims, returned the favor by submitting Ateneo in two games for their 10th title.
Macandili was called for a tour of duty for the first time as part of the national pool. She made it into the 14-woman roster as a reserve libero behind veteran Denden Lazaro.
The 21-year old volleybelle joined the national squad in their Japan training and earned praises from Japanese mentors who saw lots of potential from the Filipina.
With Lazaro seeing limited time on court because of a hamstring injury, Macandili stepped up in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Championship last August as a key piece on defense.
Although the Philippines ended only at eighth spot, her work ethic and hard work was rewarded when she was hailed as Asia’s 2nd Best Libero behind Mako Kobata of Japan.
Macandili replaced Lazaro in the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where the Filipinas settled for a fourth place finish.
In the PSL, Macandili helped F2 Logistics finish second in the All-Filipino Conference in a botched attempt by the Cargo Movers to retain the crown against Petron.
But Macandili and F2 Logistics avenged their AFC loss with a dramatic come-from-behind series win over the Blaze Spikers in the Grand Prix last December. She capped her 2017 with a PSL title and the Grand Prix Best Libero award.
Even with her achievements, the Ms. Volleyball honor came as a surprise for Macandili.
“Nagulat din ako kasi siyempre kapag volleyball player ka dapat lahat alam mo, lahat ng skills. Eh ako ang ginagawa ko lang naman defense and receive so parang I can say na I’m not whole as a volleyball player. Kasi hindi naman ako nagi-spike, blocks or serve ganun,” she said. “So parang in the entire Philippines, tapos ako ang naparangalan ng ganito, hindi ko ma-explain ang feeling.”
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