Kim Fajardo will be inspiration to future generations of La Salle players, says De Jesus
Top setter Kim Fajardo will leave a lasting impact on the Lady Spikers, says coach Ramil de Jesus. Jaime Campos

LA Salle coach Ramil De Jesus said Kim Fajardo will be difficult to replace but is grateful to the outgoing skipper for the impact she has had on the Lady Spikers, both current players and future recruits.

“Mahirap. Iisa lang ‘yun. Iisa lang ‘yung Kim Fajardo,” said De Jesus after winning his 10th title in 20 years for the Lady Spikers in Fajardo's final season with the team.

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“’Yung inspiration sa bawat isang players na kapag nagpunta ka ng La Salle, nakatatak sa isip nila na may naging ganitong player na Kim Fajardo. Isa ‘yun sa mga maaalala palagi ng tao lalo na ‘yung mga players na pupunta sa La Salle,” said De Jesus.

La Salle players have been raving about Fajardo, and Kim Dy said the Lady Spikers were determined to close out the series for their skipper.

“Personally, she was my main inspiration for today’s game. I’m happy that we were able to give her the exit that she deserves,” said Fajardo.

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Fajardo, however, said she felt uncomfortable that La Salle players said dedicated not just the finals series but also the entire season to her.

“Una talaga, ayoko ng ganun kasi gusto ko maglaro sila para sa sarili nila para magkapangalan sila. Kapag naririnig ko ‘yun, lalo na nung patapos na, ‘yun lagi nila sinasabi. Sabi ko, sige, kung makakalaro sila ng maayos tapos idededicate nila sa akin, why not,” said Fajardo.

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