UAAP Season 81: We're gonna get that title back -- Madayag
Mark Escarlote on Feb 16, 2019 09:32 PM
Maddie Madayag and the Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagles will go all-out to reclaim the UAAP women's volleyball crown.
Graduating Ateneo de Manila University middle blocker Maddie Madayag need not dig deep for motivation in the coming UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.
She and the Lady Eagles are going all-out for just one goal.
“Oh! We're gonna get that title back,” Madayag’s bold statement, picturing herself closing her collegiate career with the gold medal hanging on her neck and the title in her hands.
The towering veteran will play her final year for the blue and white alongside co-team captain Bea De Leon, who is also playing in her final campaign. Ateneo last won the crown in Season 77 in the last of its back-to-back titles.
“I think nine na lang kami na old players and then, siguro mga 10 or more 'yung rookies na pumasok kasi K-12. So, ayun ang dami. 'Yun lang pero at least, parang it made the seniors stronger,” said Madayag. “Parang siguro mas closer kami kasi we had to talk to each other kung paano namin iha-handle, paano namin ili-lead 'yung mga rookies.”
With an intact core and the addition of promising rookies led by Vanessa Gandler and Jaja Maraguinot, the Lady Eagles are expected to aim for a return stint to the Finals after falling short last season following six straight appearances in the championship series.
“Well, of course, it was very hard kasi every year naman, our goal is to get that championship,” said Madayag of Ateneo’s campaign last year.
The Lady Eagles will run a new system under head coach Oliver Almadro, who replaced Tai Bundit after Season 80.
“The system talaga, that's what changed eh. Kasi Coach Tai's system is very different from Coach O. And Coach O also wants to, ilagay 'yung family sa team. That's what's really important for him kasi,” said Madayag.
“Kasi once you're a family, you know what the others are thinking it applies also inside the court,” she added. “So whatever they're thinking, you know the movements. So it's kinda synchronized na. So it's much better.”
With a report from Danine Cruz.