UAAP 81 Volleyball Finals: Yes, returning to Ateneo was right choice for Finals MVP BDL

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 19, 2019 07:02 PM
Yes, returning to Ateneo was right choice for Finals MVP BDL
Bea De Leon finishes her UAAP career as a two-time champion, one-time Finals MVP.

On April 21, 2018, Bea De Leon said that she may have played her last game for Ateneo de Manila University.

"It's a possibility," she answered then when asked if she was forgoing her fifth and final year of eligibility.

Three months later, however, De Leon decided that she was coming back to the Lady Eagles because of "unfinished business."

And so, it was only nearly a year and a month later that the middle blocker, indeed, played her last game for the blue and white.

There, the captain did nothing but take care of "unfinished business," leading her team to their first championship since 2015.

In the three matches opposite University of Sto. Tomas, she averaged 7.7 points.

More importantly, she was the foundation of a wall that stymied any other Golden Tigress not named Sisi Rondina in Games 2 and 3.

At the end of it all, De Leon was celebrating her second championship as well as her first Finals MVP.

And at the end of it all, she was proven right to have returned for her fifth and final year. "It's the best decision I've ever made," she beamed to reporters in the post-win interview - the last of her collegiate career.

For that decision, the now 22-year-old is nothing but grateful for head coach Oliver Almadro. As she put it, "I'm so happy that Coach O still called me up because he had a choice not to and he had a choice to replace me. Pero he really called me up."

He then continued, "I still remember the day when he did. I'm just thankful for Coach O for still wanting me to be part of the team."

When it comes down to it, though, De Leon's decision was made easy because of Almadro who has made a name for himself as a coach who brings out the best in his players. "Alam mo namang hindi ka makakahindi kay Coach O. it was really the best decision I've ever made," she shared.

She then continued, "We're here and we did it."

Indeed, UAAP 81 Finals MVP BDL, you're here and you and your teammates did it.

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