Talismanic Kim Fajardo says Game Two will be a 'test of character' for Lady Spikers
Kim Fajardo finished with 10 points, seven of them from aces. Dante Peralta

LA SALLE coach Ramil De Jesus had nothing but praise for Kim Fajardo, saying her will to win rubbed off on her the rest of the Lady Spikers in the UAAP women's volleyball finals opener on Tuesday. 

Fajardo's dazzling performance sparked La Salle's fightback from a set down on the way to a 21-25, 29-27, 25-22, 25-20 victory over arch-rival Ateneo at the Smart Araneta Colis eum. 

Fajardo finished with 10 points including seven service aces, most of which she made in a second-set run that turned the game around.

"Mas gusto niya manalo, pagiging leader lumabas sinundan ng teammates niya," De Jesus said of his prized captain. "Iba yun, talent n'ya 'yun, kung gusto kaya niyang gawin, and confident siya hayaan na lang."

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Fajardo said she simply refused to go home empty-handed after Game One. And the fifth-year setter was glad her teammates followed her lead.

"Ayaw ko talaga ipatalo and ayaw kong ma down game ko," Fajardo said. "Kahit down kami di ako nawalan ng tiwala sa team ko." 

Asked if it's going to be her last game in Saturday, Fajardo had a snappy response. 

"Oo last game na," she said. 

Still, she is wary of the Lady Eagles' ability to overcome a 0-1 deficit in the best-of-three finale. 

"Syempre babawi at babawi yan, pero nasa amin na kung paano ide-defend. Test of our character," she said. 

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