Only in his third year in the UAAP, Marck Espejo has won his third straight MVP award.
And while this sounds amazing, the Marikina native stressed he actually doesn’t go after the individual accolades he has amassed in his short collegiate career.
“Hindi ko naman talaga iniisip yung award,” he said moments after leading Ateneo to its second straight UAAP men’s volleyball championship.
“Iniisip ko lang talaga yung ana makapag-finals ulit kami at mag-champion ulit,” he added. “Kung hindi din dahil sa tulong ng teammates ko, hindi ko makukuha ito.”
Now having won Best Attacker twice and once each for Rookie of the Year and Best Server, Espejo shared what fuels him to do great.
“Inspiration ko syempre una yung family, sila yung tumutulong sa akin sa lahat ng ginagawa ko,” he said. “Tapos si coach, siya yung nagbibigay sa akin ng mga advice. Lahat din ng mga ga-graduate sa amin every year, siguro sila yung motivation ko na dapat bago sila gumraduate sa school, kailangan champion sila.”
In giving team captain Ysay Marasigan a fitting send-off with a dominant Game 2 win, Espejo scored 11 points and took a backseat to the Batangas native, who was named Finals MVP.
After their title romp, however, the top college men’s spiker would have to face academics anew before embarking on an international tournament and fielding offers from local club teams.
“Meron din naman (offers from club teams) pero sa school parin po and si coach parin naman masusunod. Priority ko parin yung Ateneo and aral. Kung payagan man, okay lang din pero di ko naman siya masyadong iniisip,” he said. — By Joyce Palad