KIM Fajardo rued the lapses in her game despite drawing raves from international coaches in her stint with the PSL-F2 Logistics Manila in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship.
Rexona Sesc Rio coach Bernardo Rezende and Pomi Casalmaggiore’s mentor Giovanni Caprara have openly praised the host team’s starting setter, but Fajardo insisted she has much left to work on, especially with what she considered a poor showing on Thursday.
“Personally, ayaw ko nung game ko [against Pomi Casalmaggiore on Thursday], hindi ko alam, pero alam ko kung ano ang dapat kong gawin pero para sa akin hindi ko naexecute,” she said.
“Siguro kulang pa rin sa decision-making kasi more on kung iniisip na perfect receive para kayang kaya kong paikutin. Practice ko pa yung unexpected, the bad receive,” Fajardo added.
Still, the multi-titled international coaches were impressed with the La Salle setter as she not only orchestrates the offense of the team, but can also score a point when needed.
“For sure, the setter, I like a lot the setter because she plays incredibly quick and she plays fantastic so it’s very difficult to counter that,” said Caprara.
The 23-year old playmaker was also quick to make an impression on the Brazilian club coach when she suddenly dropped the ball while she was trying to fake a set.
Fajardo had three points in their straight set loss to the Brazilian team, and had two points courtesy of drop balls in their loss to Pomi Casalmaggiore.
However, Fajardo took the praise in stride and insisted that getting such recognition was not her main goal in the competition.
“Hindi ako (nafaflatter),” she revealed. “Hindi naman sa ayaw, kapag ganun hindi ko iniisip talaga, hindi ‘yun ‘yung target ko.”
“Siguro ‘yung mga ganun, bonus na lang pero hindi ko siya aim. Gusto ko kasi ipakita na kaya din nating mga Filipino kasi world’s to e,” Fajardo added.