JASMINE Nabor is without a doubt one of the best playmakers in the collegiate level, but the National University setter insisted that the championship trophy bears more weight to her than any individual accolade.
The soft-spoken third year setter was named Finals MVP after the Lady Bulldogs romped to a perfect 9-0 run to the championship in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference after defeating Far Eastern University in two games.
“Okay lang naman po na hindi ko nakuha ang Best Setter. Paulit-ulit ko pong sinasabi na okay lang po na walang individual award basta makuha po namin itong championship ulit,” said Nabor after their 25-22, 25-19, 19-25, 25-16, win on Saturday at The Arena in San Juan.
“Ito pong Finals MVP sobrang saya po kasi lahat po ng pinaghihirapan ko every training parang lahat ng pinapakingan ko sa mga teammates ko and sa coaches ko, parang may kapalit,” she added.
The shy and unassuming Nabor turned emotional when she was named Finals MVP.
In the midst of the loud cheers at the venue, a small voice within her stood out as she savored the moment when she was awarded on center court.
“Kasi di ko po ini-expect na ako po (ang Finals MVP),” said Nabor, while holding on to her trophy.
“Kasi sobrang sarap po sa feeling na champion kami tapos may award pa po akong nakuha. Parang sobrang thankful po talaga ako,” she added.
But just when the thought was slowly starting to sink in, Nabor was quick to deflect the credit.
“(Pero) ‘yun nga po, gaya ng sinabi ni Ate Ja (Santiago) na parang, kundi rin naman po dahil sa kanila (teammates) ‘di ko rin po makukuha ang dapat kong makuha and sa mga coaches ko po na nainiwala po ako sa mga tinuturo po nila every training,” she said.