It is known to PH volleyball aficionados that Kim Fajardo is one of the best setters in the country.
Her dishing skills, however, highly depends on the quality of the first balls she is given by La Salle’s floor defenders.
Which is why on Saturday during the Lady Spikers’ matchup against UP, Fajardo’s talent was on full display, as she helped 5 La Salle belles finish in double digits.
The 41 excellent sets she displayed, though, should also be partly credited to the steady defense of junior libero Dawn Macandili.
“Inspired lang ako,” said a beaming Macandili.
“Gusto ko makatulong kay Ate Kimmy na maka-set ng maayos para sa team,” she added. “Tsaka bawi na rin kasi medyo bad game ako sa FEU. Alam ko naman na hindi maganda ‘yung receive ko nung first game.”
After her subpar performance against the Lady Tamaraws, Macandili went the extra mile in the past 2 days and requested her coaches to overload her in training.
All this paid off as the La Salle-Zobel alumna finished with 14 excellent receptions and 12 excellent digs for La Salle.
“Ako naman mismo, before UAAP nakukulangan ako sa sarili ko,” admitted the diminutive volleybelle.
“Napansin ko rin ‘yung mga pagkukulang ko lalo na pag hindi umaabot mga receive ko kay Ate Kimmy,” she added. “Pag napapansin ko ‘yun, nage-extra effort ako para next time hindi na siya gagalaw at set na lang siya ng set.”
On La Salle’s tussle against UP, middle blocker Majoy Baron finished with 17 markers, which in itself is already a testament to the steady floor defense of the team during the match.
“Sobrang sarap ng feeling na nakakatulong ako sa team lalo na sa setter na makapag-distribute ng bola sa spikers niya. Masaya lang na umaabot mga bola ko sa setter,” she shared.
Asked if she is set to fill the void left by ace libero Melissa Gohing way back in Season 75, Macandili kept a hopeful tone in saying, “Sana. I’ll just continue working hard for it.”
Now a junior for La Salle, her thirst for her 1st UAAP championship is stronger than ever, leading her to say that her 3rd time is definitely a charm.
On going all the way this season, she closed by saying, “Siyempre naman. Sure na sure ‘yan.” — By Mac Dionisio