UAAP Season 81 Final Four: Ginawa nya ang dapat sa team -- De Jesus on Cheng

Mark Escarlote on May 05, 2019 11:36 PM
Ginawa nya ang dapat sa team -- De Jesus on Cheng
Para sa akin ginawa naman niya yung sa side niya kung ano yung dapat sa team, sa abot ng kaya niya -- DLSU coach Ramil de Jesus on graduating Des Cheng

De La Salle University head coach Ramil De Jesus praised the leadership and all the effort made by graduating team captain Desiree Cheng for the Lady Spikers.

The Lady Spikers may have fallen short of advancing to the Finals for the first time in 11 years under Cheng’s captaincy, but De Jesus still appreciated his ward’s work in her swan song.    

“Para sa akin ginawa naman niya yung sa side niya kung ano yung dapat sa team, sa abot ng kaya niya,” said De Jesus referring to his player for five years following the Lady Spikers’ exit in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball Final Four at the hands of University of Sto. Tomas, 19-25, 19-25, 25-20, 25-23, 10-15, Sunday at the MOA Arena.  

Cheng closed her collegiate career with 10 points and 13 digs.

The open spiker, who came into the league in Season 76 but skipped Season 78 because of a knee injury, led a rebuilding DLSU squad that lost three key players in Kim Kianna Dy, former Most Valuable Player Majoy Baron and top libero Dawn Macandili. Cheng tried her best to carry a team that also missed the services of veterans Arianne Layug, Justine Tiu and Gyra Barroga, who opted to leave the team.       

“Sa akin very thankful ako sa kanya kasi tinapos niya ‘yung playing year niya kasi halos nag-decide na siya na hindi na maglalaro,” revealed De Jesus.  

The mentor was just proud of how Cheng despite struggling through bad games and injuries, powered the team to its 11th straight semifinals.  

“Siguro kung hindi maglalaro ‘yan baka hindi kami umabot man lang ng Top Four,” said De Jesus. “Kaya very thankful ako sa kanya, sa kanilang dalawa ni Lourdes Clemente.”

 

 

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