Baguio's sweetheart Rossi graduates with honors

Mark Escarlote on Jun 22, 2016 07:25 PM
Baguio's sweetheart Rossi graduates with honors
Excited nga po ako eh kasi po hindi ko ini-expect -- Baguio's Rossi

Baguio’s Anna Colleen Rossi giggled and smiled in a child-like manner during a postgame interview with ABS-CBN Sports.

Her positive vibe erased the fact that the Summer Spikers’ campaign in the 13th V-League Open Conference ended with a dud after seven futile outings.

It didn’t matter as far as Rossi and her teammates are concerned.

The experience of the team playing in Manila on live broadcast itself was already a big achievement. Never mind the lopsided results or even if they won only a single set the whole conference.    

“Panalo na po kami kasi ito po ‘yung chance na makapunta po dito. Panalo po kami na masaya ang team. Panalo po kami na nakalaro po naming ang mga idol po naming,” said the hitter from the Summer Capital of the Philippines, whose father is half Italian.

She’s happy to play inside the court facing Alyssa Valdez’s BaliPure squad. 

Never mind the 18-25, 14-25, 18-25, beating they received Wednesday.

But what gave her the widest smile during the interview was the fact that less than 24 hours after their last game in the Open Conference, she’ll be wearing a toga and marching on stage to receive her diploma as a BS Biology graduate of St. Louis University.   

“Bukas po ang graduation ko,” a proud Rossi said, lowering her voice in a whisper, “Cum laude po ako” as her cheeks turned bright red.  

The 20-year-old stunner said that every sacrifice she gave in her studies and for the love of volleyball were all worth it.

“Ang hirap po na ipag-balance po ng studies at pagba-varsity. Minsan po hindi ka na po matutulog para po, kasi po may training the next day and kailangang gumising ng umaga ganoon po. Yun po ang mga kailangang i-sacrifice pero po na-balance naman po and yun po cum laude,” said Rossi.

“Excited nga po ako eh kasi po hindi ko ini-expect. Kasi ang baba po ng grades ko simula noong nagti-training po kami sa SLU at sa V-League para pong bumaba lahat ng grades ko kaya ‘yun po nagulat ako,” added Rossi, who played in her third V-League stint since playing for SLU in the Collegiate Conference two years ago and for Baguio in the Open Conference last season.


Looking ahead

Just like BaliPure and former Ateneo de Manila star libero Denden Lazaro, Rossi said she’ll be entering medical school but it will also mean a hiatus from volleyball. 

“Magmi-medicine po ako this coming school year sa St. Louis University,” she said. “Given a chance po sana kung pwedeng ipagsabay ulit pero baka hindi na po kayanin.”

For now she and her team wanted to cherish another conference of battling it out against the best amateur and collegiate squads in the country.

“Super experience po. Ang ganda ng experience and ang ganda ng exposure, madami po kaming lessons na natutunan ditto po sa league. Tapos natutunan din po namin na mag-mature sa laro and yung mga weaknesses po naming nakita namin na dapat naming tutukan kung sakali po na palarin ulit na mabigyan pa ng chance (na makasali kami),” said Rossi.

The team is thankful for the chance of showing what the north has to offer.

“Malaking bagay po sa amin na i-showcase po ang talent namin and kung mabigyan ng chance ang mga teammates ko po o ako na maglaro for Manila sa ibang teams, iga-grab po talaga naming ang opportunity kasi iba ang training doon. Mas mataas po talaga ang level ng training dito and ang laro po and if given a chance gusto rin po naming makipagsabayan if ever,” she added.

Looking back at the difficulty that they had this conference, Rossi admitted that the long travel wore them down even before they trooped the court.

But it was all worth it. 

“Medyo nakakapagod po talaga kasi iba po ang rest sa kama and iba po yung tulog sa van tapos minsan po puyat,” Rossi said. “Pero tina-try po namin (na maglaro pa rin) kasi po love po namin ang volleyball.”







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