La Salle’s Majoy Baron has definitely been one of the most improved players in Season 78, being a key cog of the Lady Spikers’ rise to the second spot at the end of the elimination round.
The towering middle blocker said she’s happy about her development and believes she’s put in the time and effort to make things happen.
“Hard work lang talaga eh. Yung passion ko sa game nandoon. Yun yung nagpupush sa akin every training para mag-improve,” she said. “Yung nakaka-perform na ako ng maayos. Lumalabas naman yung pinaghirapan ko.”
Baron, who has played a bit role in each of her first seasons in the UAAP, has been a pillar for La Salle in the middle blocker position, scoring 15 points against Ateneo and finishing with 13 markers in their final-day win over NU.
Getting there wasn’t easy for the towering Baguio native, who has had to battle several other Lady Spikers for the starting position.
And once she’s earned the nod of coach Ramil de Jesus, Baron had to learn how to contribute for the Taft squad in a major way.
“Kasi diba yung work naman ng middle blocker is to be a decoy. Hindi ka naman babantayan kung hindi nakikita na nakakapuntos ka. So tina-try ko maka-point para sa next play namin ako yung sasabayan ng kabilang blocker,” she said.
So far, it’s worked for her.
“I think oo kasi may mga games naman na bantay din ako. Nakikita naman yung La Salle na mataas ang percentage ng middle blocker,” she said.
With their semifinals matchup against FEU happening on Sunday, Baron hopes to continue to be better for the Lady Spikers.
“Doble lang yung effort. Ngayon pa ba kami susuko patapos na yung season? We’ll do our best,” she said. “Advantage namin siguro makikita naman sa stats, as a team advantage namin blocking, service and receives.”
Baron, too, is sure they will be the team to book a ticket to the Last Dance.
“Super confident kasi almost years, months namin pinaghandaan ito.” — By Arylle Magtalas