Ysay Marasigan saved the best for last.
The Ateneo team captain delivered when it mattered most as the Blue Spikers racked up their second straight UAAP men’s volleyball championship Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Unable to cop any individual award ever since he stepped foot in the country’s premiere collegiate league, Marasigan was named the Finals MVP after a stellar performance in the Last Dance.
“Sobrang happy. Naging buo yung pagtitiwala ko kasi dumating si coach Oliver. Naging maganda yung fruit, kasi nung nasa bottom kami naghihirap na ako para gumaling. Pero hindi talaga sapat yung nagagawa namin,” he told FOX Sports. “Nung dumating si coach Oliver, siya naging game changer ng Ateneo.”
“Special ito kasi by the time na dumating si coach sa team namin, ginawa niya agad akong team captain. Hindi ko pa alam gagawin ko nun,” he added. “This year, sabi ko na kung ano talaga yung ibig sabihin ng pagiging team captain, yun yung gagawin ko, para yun ang iiwan ko sakanila.”
Marasigan scored 12 points off 11 hits and an ace in Game 2, which the Blue Spikers handily won, 25-16, 25-20, 25-19.
The Batangas native broke down in tears as the game neared its end and it was because Marasigan realized his UAAP career is about to hit the midnight mark.
“Yung last point talaga napaluha na ako. Last game, last set, last point na makakasama ko sila as an Ateneo player,” he said, adding he will continue playing before plunging into the corporate arena.
“I think maglalaro habang ganito pa rin yung nilalaro ko. Hindi ko sasayangin. After that tsaka ako magp-prepare for work.” — By Arylle Magtalas