Dawn Macandili knows Ateneo’s greatest weakness could be La Salle’s biggest strength.
And come their second-round matchup Sunday, Macandili should be ready because she believes the Lady Spikers will use this edge to the hilt.
“Oo, yun yung advantage namin. Pero lahat naman ng team may weakness,” she said. “Siguro malaki yung responsibility ko para sa team na mag-step up, kasi kailangan ng team ng steady na libero.”
After being unable to beat the Lady Eagles in the past 2 seasons with Denden Lazaro manning the floor, Macandili found it easier to finally break the spell with Lazaro now in med school.
And now that she has proven to be a top-flight libero in the UAAP, the La Salle Zobel alum thinks they can submit a repeat performance at the Mall of Asia Arena.
“Very confident,” she stressed. “Oo kaya ulitin, kasi paghahandaan naman namin eh.”
“Work on ko sa training na makapag-adjust ako and maka-basa ng palo,” she added knowing how difficult it is to man the defense of the Lady Spikers, especially with the powerful hits of Alyssa Valdez.
Getting inspiration from coach Ramil de Jesus, Macandili shares how much she is motivated with the knowledge that her coach believes in her.
“Sinasabi lang ni coach na do our best. Pag medyo nawawala ako, ginagawa niyang motivation na sinasabi niya sa akin na kaya mo naman eh. Natatauhan ako na oo nga yung coach ko may tiwala sa akin so dapat ako din.” — By Arylle Magtalas