UAAP 81 Finals: Individual awards 'not a big deal' for Madayag, Ateneo

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 11, 2019 03:56 PM
UAAP: Individual awards 'not a big deal' for Madayag, Ateneo
Maddie Madayag and the rest of Ateneo are on a social media blackout as they concentrate on the Finals

Maddie Madayag has not seen the outpouring of support for her over the past few days in social media.

As it turns out, Ateneo de Manila University has enforced a social media blackout as it focuses all of its attention on the UAAP 81 Women’s Volleyball Finals.

Head coach Oliver Almadro himself confirmed the development right before Game 1, Saturday at Araneta Coliseum. “Wala kaming social media ngayon e. But we know about that naman,” he said.

That means that “#JusticeForMaddie,” which became one of the top trends a day ago, has not been seen by Madayag herself - not on her own phone, at the very least.

The outpouring of support came to be after it was reported that the Lady Eagles’ middle blocker was the second-best middle blocker in the season.

According to the fans who got in on the trend, though, Madayag should have been first instead of second on the strength of 44 kill blocks and 0.86 blocks per set. For reference, National University’s Roselyn Doria, reportedly the first-best middle blocker, had numbers of 37 kill blocks and 0.69 block per set.

Still, Ateneo made it clear that, looking at the big picture, placement in terms of individual awards is just that - placement. As Coach O put it, “In-explain na rin naman namin kay Maddie and she understands na first or second-best middle blocker, it doesn’t matter.”

He then continued, “At least nga, meron e and that’s what we’re thankful for, na meron pa rin.”

And looking at the even bigger picture, the Lady Eagles have their sights set on the championship and the championship alone. “Sa amin, it’s not a big deal. Ang importante nasa championship,” their mentor shared.

He then continued, “Yun naman ang gusto namin - mag-champion. If may award on the side, it’s a bonus na lang para sa amin.”

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