KIM Dy, Majoy Baron and Dawn Macandili are down to the last three games, at the most, of their La Salle careers, and they're more motivated than ever to add to the legacy of their great coach Ramil de Jesus.
The three graduating stars played key roles on Sunday as La Salle swept National University, 27-25, 25-22, 25-11, to advance to its 10th straight finals appearance under de Jesus.
The Lady Spikers trio now want to take it a step further and give De Jesus his 11th championship and the third three-peat in his 21-year career as La Salle coach.
Game One of the best-of-three finals against second seed Far Eastern University is on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum, with La Salle looking to mirror the school's three-peats in Seasons 66-68 and Seasons 73-75.
Dy and Macandili won two titles with de Jesus in the juniors division. Now they want more.
“Siguro this is our chance to bring back the three-peat and siyempre lahat ng sacrifices namin, lahat ng pinaghirapan namin, ito na 'yung final test namin,” said Dy.
“Siyempre we want to show coach na sa five years naman dito, these are the players that you produced. We want to honor him,” she added.
Macandali said: “Siyempre, last playing year namin, gusto namin maging maganda ang exit namin, and siyempre gusto naming i-alay to kay coach, kasi wala naman kami dito kun'di dahil sa kanya."
Baron, who’s the current team captain, said she doesn’t want La Salle's title streak to end during her time.
“Ako, personally, motivation ko 'yun. Ayaw kong masira 'yung record ni coach,” she said. “Sobrang nabilib din ako sa sistema niya at mga seniors ko before, parang ayaw ko na puputulin ko 'yung history na ginagawa nila sa time ko ngayon.”