ASIDE from the exciting action on the floor, the presence of star supporters and former players of both La Salle and Ateneo made Game Three of the 76th UAAP women's volleyball finals quite a spectacle from ringside.
Comedian Vice Ganda was among the 18,095 fans who filled the Mall of Asia Arena on Wednesday, rushing to the Mall of Asia Arena after his hosting of the It's Showtime noontime show to watch the volleyball showpiece.
They Said It!
“Ako from the start talaga, I believe that La Salle has what it takes to go all the way." Comedian Vice Ganda
And although he showed up wearing a shirt with neutral colors, the popular showpiz personality left no doubt who he was rooting for.
"La Salle ako, kahit na may green and blue itong suot ko" he told Spin.ph. "Kung makaka-isa ang Ateneo mas exciting. Pero I'm for La Salle."
"Kung sasabihin kong Ateneo eh 'di magagalit siya," added the TV personality, pointing to a La Salle supporter seated beside him.
But more than anything else, Vice Ganda, also a fixture at ringside during UAAP basketball games, said he is an avid fan of the game.
To show how much he loves the sport, Vice said he arrived from a concert overseas in the morning then headed straight to ABS-CBN for his noon time show, but made it a point not to miss the game.
"I was looking forward to watch (UAAP volleyball) specially pag Ateneo-La Salle sobrang exciting, galing ako ng airport, tapos (It's) Showtime, tapos dito. Very showtime, 'di ba?" he said.
Although the constant subject of rumors saying he watches games because of his link to basketball players, Vice Ganda said he was simply a sports 'fanatic.'
"Pareho lang naman sobrang fanatic ako ng sports talaga, both volleyball and basketball, pareho ko kasi 'yan nasubukan," he said. "Nag-basketball player ako nung elementary at high school, nag-volleyball naman ako noong college sa FEU at sumasali ako sa mga liga liga, kaya ayun."
Also at ringside to show her support to the Lady Spikers was last year's Finals MVP Michelle Gumabao.
Despite the 21-25, 23-25, 25-18, 25-18, 17-15 loss, the former Lady Spiker believes her alma mater will still pull off a four-peat in Game Four on Saturday, also at the MOA Arena.
"Ako from the start talaga, I believe that La Salle has what it takes to go all the way," she said. "Kaya medyo masakit kasi nakikita ko na nagiging complacent, nagiging nervous, parang natatakot silang manalo."
Over at the Ateneo side, Dzi Gervacio, who played for the Lady Eagles for five years, said she could not help but feel the urge to enter the court whenever Ateneo was down.
"'Yung mga lapses ng mga teammates ko napapansin ko, kaya gusto ko na lang tumulong sa team parang gusto ko na maglaro, parang gusto ko na pumasok sa court."