ATENEO and La Salle are deep in intense training under the scorching summer heat as the UAAP prepare for the final game of the season - this time for all the marbles.
As if the pressure wasn't big enough as it is, SPIN.ph put some of the stars from both the Lady Spikers and Lady Eagles on the hot seat to answer a number of the toughest questions you’ve been dying to ask them.
Fortunately, the players were game enough to speak up about a range of topics, including their current relationship status or their ‘hugot’ for the championship series against their nemesis, even their choice between love or crown.
Here are juiciest revelations from La Salle’s Mika Reyes, Dawn Macandili, Kim Fajardo, and Ateneo’s Alyssa Valdez, Jia Morado and Bea de Leon.
On a scale of 1-10, how good does it feel to win against La Salle?
Bea De Leon: “Sobrang sarap, siguro 10 talaga. Ateneo-La Salle, you’d always want to win for your school, family and yourself syempre. Gigil kasi gustung-gusto namin bumawi for my seniors, ate Ly, ate Kiwi (Ahomiro) and ate Mae (Tajima). It’s their last year so I really want to give it to them also.”
Why do you want to win the championship against Ateneo?
Dawn Macandili: “Para sa akin, [gusto ko] mag-champion para sa graduating teammates ko. Dalawang taon na kaming natatalo ng Ateneo and ‘yun ang pinanghuhugutan namin na kailangan namin mabalik ang korona sa La Salle, hindi lang para sa team [kundi] para na rin sa mga sumusuporta sa amin.”
Are you extra motivated to beat La Salle to prove your bashers from the opposing team wrong?
Alyssa Valdez: “There’s a balance in everything. If lahat good, paano mo malalaman na may mali? Paano mo malalaman na tao ka? Paano mo malalaman na magkakamali ka? There’s always that balance. You just have to know [your] limit. Sometimes may extremes din talaga pero pag kilala mo sarili mo and you have a good support system, it doesn’t matter. It’s really a motivation, extra challenge, extra happiness for everyone.”
Aren’t you scared for your breasts when you dive on the floor to save the ball?
Kim Fajardo: “Ganito na kami buong buhay namin. Ganito na ang laro namin [so] wala na lang ‘yun. Sakit? Wala na ‘yun, wala na mas masakit sa matalo. Katanggap-tanggap ‘yung sakit ng katawan kasi player kami eh.”
Alyssa Valdez: “Wala naman (akong boobs) eh, so wala naman. Hahaha! If you’re a volleyball player, you’re gonna get used to it naman and you’re not gonna think of that once you fall. You’re gonna think of the ball first (na ma-save), so ayun.”
Who is the player who always annoys you the most with her trash talking?
Jia Morado: “Walang specific na kinakaasaran eh. When they trash talk, nakatalikod na kami sa net so ‘di na rin namin naririnig. When we score a point, talikod kami kaagad. When we lost the point, huddle kami, wala kaming naririnig. Mga tao lang sa labas ang gumagawa ng issue eh.”
Mika Reyes: “Nakapikon sa akin? Wala naman. Siguro, feeling ko, may napikon na sa akin. Hahaha! Pero kailangan lang sport lang tayo. Sa court lang naman ‘yun. Off the court wala na.”
Successful love life or UAAP championship?
Dawn Macandili: “Championship, kasi pinaghirapan namin ‘to eh.”
Jia Morado: ”It depends. Kasi ako, I’m inspired and it’s something that I don’t use as a distraction.”
Mika Reyes: “Championship syempre! Kapag ‘yung championship, meron nang love doon eh.
Alyssa Valdez: “Oh my god, championship! Cause my love for volleyball is there so all in one.”
Kim Fajardo: “Championship. ‘Yun talaga naka-focus ako. Love, saka na muna, patapos na rin naman UAAP. Hahaha!
Exclusive bonus round for Mika Reyes:
After your relationship with Ateneo basketball star Kiefer Ravena, are you open to dating another Atenean? And are you dating someone right now?
Mika: “Hindi ko rin masasabi. Wala, wala. Hahaha! Walang nanliligaw sa akin ngayon.”