Majoy Baron is unarguably one of La Salle’s — and the UAAP’s — most improved players.
And in Game 3, the Baguio native banked on her solid blocking to help the Lady Spikers return to the top of the collegiate volleyball world.
Baron said coming into the game, the Taft squad was so bent on getting the championship that even a 1-10 deficit in the first set won’t stop them.
“Andun talaga nung pagpasok namin na gusto talaga namin manalo,” she said. “Nakita naman siguro sa mga kilos namin na gusto talaga namin manalo. Kumakapit kami kahit nauunahan kami.”
True enough, after the opening set debacle, La Salle proved to be unstoppable in the last 3 sets as they wrapped up their ninth UAAP crown.
The junior spiker, who was named Best Blocker of Season 78, said even when they were down, the Lady Spikers knew how to quickly get back up.
“As a team naman, sanay naman kami ng nauunahan tapos kakapitan namin. Syempre kukunin mo lang yung momentum mo e and yun, nakuha namin yung momentum namin nung second set nung nahabol namin sila. Natuloy-tuloy na samin yung momentum,” she added.
Remembering how her team bowed down to the Lady Eagles in her rookie year, Baron considers 2016 the perfect time for them to win the championship, which was made sweeter by the adversities they’ve had to face throughout the tournament.
“Ito yung pinakamahirap na pinagdaanan namin,” she shared. “NU pa lang talo na kami, first round pa lang. Sa second round, may talo, may panalo. Semis, tapos ito nag Game 3 pa.”
“Ang dami talaga naming pinagdaanan. Ang dami naming iyak,” she added. “Natuwa kami, umiyak kami. As a team, buo pa rin kami and natapos kami na buo pa rin. Sobrang worth it.” — By Joyce Palad