Na-miss ko yung feeling -- Espejo on ending two-year title drought

Mark Escarlote on Jul 22, 2019 05:40 PM
Na-miss ko yung feeling -- Espejo on ending title drought
“Sobrang saya, na-miss ko ‘yung feeling -- Marck Espejo

Marck Espejo waited long to once again step on the top podium.

On Sunday night, the decorated hitter after two years of frustration finally got the monkey off his back as Cignal annexed the 2019 Spikers’ Turf Reinforced Conference crown in two hard-fought battles with dethroned Go for Gold-Air Force.  

The warm and overwhelming joy of hoisting the championship trophy all came back to Espejo, whose last title came in the 2017 Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference men’s division while playing for the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles.  

“Sobrang saya, na-miss ko ‘yung feeling,” said the three-time UAAP champion. Tapos kasama ko pa mga Ateneo teammates ko before. Sobrang sarap talaga sa feeling, ang gaan. Worth it lahat ng pinaghirapan namin.”

Espejo, who was named 2nd Best Open Spiker of the conference, played the hero’s role in the title-clinching 26-24, 21-25, 21-25, 25-23, 15-7 come-from-behind win for his breakthrough crown with the HD Spikers.

“First championship ko rin ‘to with Cignal and hopefully sa ibang tournaments pa,” said Espejo, who helped Cignal win its fourth league title and then bagged the Finals Most Valuable Player award in the process.

The five-time UAAP MVP was denied of a glorious collegiate career exit after bowing down to the Bryan Bagunas-led National University in Season 80 last year. The title again eluded Espejo in his first try with Cignal as the HD Spikers fell prey to Bagunas and the Jet Spikers in the 2018 Reinforced Conference.  

Bringing the lessons he learned in his stint in the Japan V-League playing for the Oita Miyoshi Weiss Adler, Espejo led the HD Spikers back in the Finals with his all-around game and signature scoring prowess.

His impressive showing earned him two individual awards but his most cherished hardware was the most-coveted and important one.

“Ayon, champion kaya nag-Finals MVP, pero gusto ko talaga ‘yung team goal e. ‘Yung sa team goal talaga ako naka-focus, kasi ang tagal ko na ring hindi na-feel mag-champion. Sobrang saya sa feeling talaga,” said Espejo, who is also a national team member.

The hitter would want to enjoy the spoils of their conquest for now before setting their sights on the Open Conference.

“As of now wala pa, pahinga muna, focus muna sa rehab ng shoulder, magpagaling muna as in hundred percent tapos ayon, bahala na siguro next conference,” he said.

The season-ending conference will begin next month.





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