PLAYING in her final year, Dawn Macandili admitted the added pressure of putting a perfect end to her collegiate career and at the same time leaving a lasting legacy.
She did exactly that - and much more.
The diminutive and tireless libero not only won a third successive women's volleyball championship for the Lady Spikers, she also won the UAAP Season 80 Finals MVP award.
Macandili finished with 21 digs and eight excellent receptions as La Salle completed a sweep of Far Eastern University, 26-24, 25-20, 26-24 in Game Two on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“Dahil last playing year ko na, mas malaki yung pressure,” admitted Macandili. “Last year we were playing for Ate Kimmy (Fajardo) so parang sobrang relax lang. I was playing without thinking about the consequences kasi may isa pa akong year, ganoon.
"In-all out ko rin kasi ang inspiration ko ay si Ate Kim.”
Macandili also wanted to be remembered for her exploits in the green and white.
“This year, parang ang iniisip ko, yung team. Ano yung gusto kong iwan ko sa team. Gusto ko ilo-look back nila na, ‘Ah year nila Ate Dawn yun.’ Thankfully, naman nabigay namin sa kanila,” she added.
The La Salle libero wasn’t even expecting to win the Finals MVP plum, especially being a non-scoring player. She was only grateful that for all the years she dedicated in getting better, she’ll leave the collegiate scene a champion.
“Everytime na papasok ako sa court iniisip ko lang kung paano ako makakatulong sa team ko and paano sila imo-motivate sa loob. Siyempre ang role ko is to keep the team going,” Macandili continued.
“Tapos na ang career ko sa college and lahat ng pinaghirapan talaga namin, bawing bawi.”
While her departure leaves a huge hole in the La Salle lineup, Macandili is confident that whoever coach Ramil de Jesus chooses to be the Lady Spikers’ next libero will succeed as much as she did.
“Tiwala naman ako sa program ni coach Ramil and the way he assigns roles to the players na alam niya kung anong ginagawa niya,” she said.