NOT everyone gets a chance to score a three-peat.
That's why there's no question in Ricky Marcos' mind that if seniors like him get a green light to have a fitting swansong to their collegiate careers, he'll be sure to grab it.
"Hindi na kasi maibabalik yung edad natin, hindi na mababalik yubng kabataan natin, so habang nandito pa ako, sa tingin ko lalaruin ko yun," he told The Prospects Pod. "Wala pang maayos na usapan, pero para sa akin, gusto ko. Kasi iba ang laro sa UAAP eh."
Marcos, a two-time Best Digger awardee, was integral in National University's success over the past two seasons in the men's volleyball arena.
But losing two-time UAAP MVP Bryan Bagunas this season, NU braces for a tough title-retention bid this year.
"Yung expectations namin, sobrang mahihirapan kami kasi maraming grumaduate sa amin like sila Bagunas. So ine-expect namin na yung mga UP at Ateneo, lahat ng teams, sobrang lumakas talaga. Kaya nagpursigi talaga kami," said Marcos.
The Bulldogs fared well as the side bannered by Joshua Retamar, Nico Almendras, and James Natividad won their first two outings. That was until the season was halted.
"Ang sakit," lamented Marcos, who was in his fifth playing year. "Alam mo yung parang pinaasa? Pinaasa lang eh. Syempre nakapaglaro na kayo ng UAAP ng dalawang beses, so yung momentum niyo, yung mga pinaghirapan niyo, nandoon na.
"Sabi mo sa sarili mo, start na ng UAAP, labanan na ito. Tapos biglang hindi naman natin masasabi na nagkaroon ng virus."
Marcos, though, is still pinning his hopes that the "super seniors" will be given one last hurrah as the 23-year-old libero has no issues on staying in Jhocson for one more year.
"Graduate na rin naman ako ng four-year course ko. May degree na rin ako so so tingin ko pwede naman ako (mag-stay pa)," he said, awaiting the UAAP board's verdict on the eligibility of senior student-athletes like him.
"May national team pa, tapos may commercial league pa na Spikers Turf. Yung volleyball leagues sa Pilipinas, medyo umaangat na eh. Isa rin yun sa tutulong sa aming mga players, na after UAAP naman, may commercial leagues pa kami."
Marcos, though, said that as much as he wants to run it back with his peers at NU, he wants to test his mettle on the other side of the fence after previously playing for Sta. Elena in the commercial leagues.
"Napag-usapan na rin namin. Sabi namin kay coach Dante (Alinsunurin) is if ever maglalaro kami ng UAAP, sana payagan kami makapaglaro sa commercial kasi para sa amin na rin yun. Gusto ko naman na makalaban syempre yung team na matagal ko na nakasama," he said.