La Salle opened Round 2 of Season 78 with a bang when it averted crisis and escaped FEU in a thrilling 5-set match last weekend.
Though the last time these 2 teams faced each other in the finals was more than half-a-decade ago, there is no denying the fireworks generated every time the Lady Spikers and the Lady Tamaraws lock horns.
For veteran spiker Cyd Demecillo, playing their hearts out against FEU is a must in honor of their head coach Ramil de Jesus, who happens to be a former Tamaraw spiker.
“Galing dun si coach Ramil eh. Kaya kailangan namin ipakita palagi ang laro ng La Salle. Ang saya nga ng game pag FEU. Napansin ko rin, actually,” she said after the victory that sent them to a 6-2 record.
Aside from the win, Demecillo made the team’s 8th outing her official return to La Salle’s starting lineup after pinch hitting for rookie Tin Tiamzon in the early goings of the tournament while recovering from a minor injury.
“Ngayon lang ako nakalaro ng sobrang haba na as in 1st to 5th set pa nga,” she shared with a wide smile of relief.
“Naramdaman ko naman na nung training pa lang. Kasi diba galing ako ng injury? Sabi ng doctor ko wag biglain kaya dahan-dahan sub lang ako,” she added. “Ngayon siguro masasabi ko na pwede na ako kasi ni-release na ako ng doctor. Todo na pero nandun pa rin ‘yung medyo mag ingat.”
Finishing the match with a not-too-shabby 12-point output, Demecillo became the Taft crew’s 4th best scorer behind the combined 40 points of Ara Galang, Majoy Baron and Kim Dy.
More than what she has contributed scores-wise, the Cebuana’s nerves of steel in the end game made the difference for the Lady Spikers.
Taking the criticisms she has been reading online in stride, the outside hitter says she is slowly overcoming her tendency to sputter in tense stretches.
“Nababasa ko rin na nagcho-choke sa dulo. Pero ngayon masaya kasi parang ganun kami dati eh. Hanggang dulo lumalaban,” she admitted. “Siguro n dahil sa injury nagse-self doubt ako. Ngayon nakukuha ko na ‘yung composure ko at tiwala sa sarili.”
Now on her last year of eligibility, the 2-time indoor volley champion is out to prove that she can play a big part in La Salle’s bid to bring the crown back to Taft.
“Gusto kong i-prove na mali ‘yung sinasabi ng mga tao. May mga talagang haters din talaga. May mga tao na gusto ka, may ayaw ka. Ipo-prove ko lang kung ano’ng kaya kong i-contribute sa team,” shared Demecillo on her mindset for the rest of the season.
Bringing in her mantra that got her and teammate Kim Fajardo this season’s beach volleyball title, expect the spiker to go all-out as she soaks in her last few games donning the green and white jerseys of La Salle.
“Kasi nung beach volley ‘yun din ang motivation ko. Last ko na ito. Hindi ko na mauulit ito. Hopefully, sa indoor ‘yun din ang maging resulta,” she said.
“Mahirap ang pagdadaanan pero one game at a time.” — By Mac Dionisio