UAAP: NU's Roselyn Doria nothing but thankful for 1st Best Middle Blocker award

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 15, 2019 04:18 PM
NU's Doria nothing but thankful for 1st Best MB award
NU middle Roselyn Doria is nothing but thankful for her award - whatever award it may be

Roselyn Doria is not worrying herself with all the questions that have arisen after she was named the First Best Middle Blocker of the UAAP 81 Women's Volleyball Tournament.

"Sabi nga po ng parents ko, tahimik ka na lang kasi wala ka namang kinalaman dyan," she said right before she was going to get awarded, Wednesday at MOA Arena. "Kung anuman yung binigay sayo, wag mo nang pansinin kung anong sinasabi nila."

Last Friday, it was reported that Doria was the First Best Middle Blocker while Ateneo de Manila University's Maddie Madayag was Second Best Middle Blocker.

It was also then that "#JusticeForMaddie" became one of the top trends as, according to fans who got in on it, Madayag should have been first instead of second on the strength of 44 kill blocks and 0.86 blocks per set. On the other hand, the Lady Bulldogs' middle had numbers of 37 kill blocks and 0.69 blocks per set.

Come the official list of awardees, though, the initial reports were confirmed.

And so, in the awarding, Doria was only taking what's hers. "Tatanggapin ko lang po. Yun lang po," she said.

Still, NU's graduating tower said all the questions would do nothing but give fuel to her already burning fire. As she put it, "Mas papatunayan ko po na karapat-dapat ako sa award."

Doria made it clear, however, that, for her, everybody is deserving of their awards - and placement is just that, placement.

In fact, her award was a pleasant surprise. "Thankful po ako kasi 'di ko rin po ito inaasahan. Nasa isip ko, okay lang na walang award basta nabigay ko yung best ko," she said.

She then continued, "Sobrang pasasalamat na lang po ako kasi binigay sa akin ni Lord ito."

For their part, Ateneo made it clear four days ago that, looking at the big picture, placement in terms of individual awards is just that - placement. As coach Oliver Almadro 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.”

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