UAAP FINALS: I was able to prove to myself – Cobb
Mark Escarlote on May 02, 2018 10:09 PM
Kahit I’m a new starting setter, I was able to prove to myself also na I can fill in the shoes of Ate Kim (Fajardo) -- Michelle Cobb
Filling the huge shoes left by veteran De La Salle University setter Kim Fajardo is not an easy task.
Sophomore Michelle Cobb embraced the challenge, did her job and in return reaped the rewards.
Cobb repaid all the trust of Lady Spikers head coach Ramil De Jesus by helping DLSU capture its third straight title Wednesday in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball Finals series sweep of Far Eastern University at the Big Dome.
“Syempre first word that comes to my mind siguro “finally” na parang I was able to prove myself. Na kahit I’m a new starting setter, I was able to prove to myself also na I can fill in the shoes of Ate Kim,” said Cobb, who had 23 excellent sets and 17 digs in the Lady Spikers’ title-clinching 26-24, 25-20, 26-24, win in Game 2.
Only in her second year with the team and barely seeing action in Season 79, Cobb was given a tough task to lead the team’s offense in the Lady Spikers’ drive for a third grand slam.
But despite the pressure of high expectations, Cobb felt that the transition wasn’t as rough as she expected it to be with the help of her teammates especially the graduating seniors opposite hitter Kim Kianna Dy, middle blocker Majoy Baron and libero Dawn Macandili.
“Siyempre I wouldn’t be here also without the help of my seniors, they really pushed me,” she said. “And of course, props to coach kasi he pushed me to my limits and I’m forever thankful. Pinudpod niya ako in a way.”
Cobb was thankful for the confidence and trust of De Jesus.
“Super big grabe as in ngayon ko lang narealize na grabe. Pinagtiyagaan niya ako, ang saya sa feeling kasi syempre na-repay ko ‘yung hard work niya sakin, yung effort na binigay niya sakin sa training,” said Cobb. “Na-repay ko yun through the championship.”
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