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    Des Cheng suprised to win Finals MVP but gets full support from La Salle coach Ramil de Jesus

    May 6, 2017
    Des Cheng was among those surprised to be named Finals MVP. Jaime Campos

    DES Cheng was as surprised as everyone else upon receiving the Finals MVP award in the aftermath of La Salle's conquest of Ateneo in the UAAP Season 79 women's volleyball finals on Saturday.

    Cheng dropped 12 points, including crucial shots, in the deciding set to help the Lady Spikers hammer out a 19-25, 25-14, 18-25, 25-18, 15-10 win and clinch back-to-back championships for La Salle.

    Her last point doused the Lady Eagles' last rally before teammates Tin Tiamzon and Majoy Baron put the finishing touches to the title-clinching victory at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    "No, no talaga," said Cheng when asked if she expected to receive the award. "Thank you kay coach (Ramil de Jesus). I'm super happy."

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    One person not surprised to see Cheng being named the Finals’ top player, though, is La Salle coach de Jesus.

    "Siguro nakita ko yung 100% sa receive, and then malaking bagay yun para sa team para makapag-execute ng play si (Kim) Fajardo," De Jesus said of the spiker, who had 12 excellent digs.


    On her part, Cheng added she only wanted to be instrumental in La Salle's title-retention bid after sitting out last season due to an ACL injury.

    "Siyempre first naman po hindi ko naman ine-expect na maging Finals MVP, ang hangad ko talaga is yung big trophy, yung championship talaga," she said.

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