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Is Kim Fajardo really related to a UAAP volleyball statistician?

To set the record straight, no, La Salle’s Kim Fajardo is not related by blood to any of the statisticians from the Volleyball Information System (VIS), the group that tabulates game results for the UAAP Season 79 men’s and women’s volleyball tournaments.

by Mac Dionisio

Fajardo’s clarification on the matter came after fans of the sport floated allegations that her numbers in the best setter race is padded by a VIS official.

“Minsan may nagme-mssage sa akin sa Twitter (about it). Nagulat nga ako last year sabi nila may pinsan daw ako na nagsa-stats. Hindi ako naiinis pero grabe naman,” she told FOX Sports Sunday evening.

“Kilala naman siguro nila ‘yung kapatid ko siguro? Nasa Coast Guard naglalaro din po,” she added, talking about older sister Rosanne Fajardo. “‘Yung bunso nandun sa Batangas nag-aaral. Wala rin akong pjnsan na statistician. Mga pinsan ko nasa abroad.”

After the first round, Fajardo managed to eclipse NU’s Jasmine Nabor as the second-best setter in the league with 13.13 excellent sets per frame while rival Jia Morado from Ateneo has maintained being on top with 13.32 excellent sets per frame.

For Fajardo, however, the race to the best setter award is the least of her concerns.

“Kahit dati naman ganyan talaga. Madaming nagbabalita na umangat ka, umangat si ganyan. Pero wala talaga akong pake. ‘Yun ang totoo: wala akong pake,” said La Salle’s skipper. “Kahit sino best setter, maglalaro lang talaga ako. ‘Yun naman ang pinag-stay ko, para makatulong ako, hindi para maguing best setter.”

In fact, the competition between her and Morado is a perfect example of real talent recognizes real talent as Fajardo closed by saying: “Ako mismo bilib sa talent ni Jia (Morado). Lahat naman ng setters sa UAAP may kanya-kanyang talento. Iba-iba lang ang style ng pagse-set.”


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