STA. ROSA, Laguna — Dawn Macandili played down her Best Libero award at the end of the ASEAN Grand Prix, saying her ultimate goal is to help the women’s national team win a medal in the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
“Siyempre sobrang happy pero parang feeling ko kulang pa 'yun. Alam ko kasing kaya pa ng team, so we’re gonna work on that especially may training camp kami,” said Macandili, one of two Filipina players to win an individual award on Sunday after Best Blocker Majoy Baron.
Macandili averaged 5.4 excellent digs per set in the Filipina Spikers’ second bronze medal in as many legs of the regional tournament, which also served as a test event of the Philippines SEA Games Organizing Committee.
The award is the latest addition to Macandili‘s swelling collection of individual awards which included the Second Best Libero honor of the 2017 Asian Volleyball Confederation Women’s Senior Championship; Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference MVP in 2016 and three Best Libero awards; UAAP Season 80 Finals MVP and Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Miss Volleyball 2017 plum.
All that takes a backseat for Macandili, who is driven to help the Philippines end its 14-year medal drought in the SEA Games.
“In the coming SEA Games gusto namin mas mataas pa ang makamit namin na medalya,” Macandili said. “Focused lang ako sa team and paano ako makakatulong sa team.”
After a training camp in Thailand and two legs in ASEAN Grand Prix, the De La Salle standout still sees a lot of room for improvement, primarily on mental toughness and physical conditioning.
“Kailangan i-grab namin ang opportunity na ito na one month before SEA Games na makapagpa-kondisyon ulit para nasa peak ng performance kami,” Macandili said.
The five-foot libero said she also has a lot to work on in her game.
“Marami pa akong lapses, mas marami pa akong gustong itulong sa team. Patuloy kong i-improve ang sarili ko and magtatrabaho pa ako sa training para makatulong pa ako sa team,” Macandili said.