EVERY time La Salle libero Dawn Macandili sacrifices her body to save the ball, she's not only saving her team a point, she also sets an example.
That's why her head coach Ramil de Jesus was all praises for the diminutive libero's performance - to the point of putting her on the pedestal above all the players he's handled when it comes to commitment to defense.
"Siguro kasi nai-inspire yung team pag nakikita na halos nagpapakamatay sa bola," said de Jeaus after their 25-14,25-20, 24-26, 25-13 victory over University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament Final Four on Saturday.
"Sa lahat siguro na naging player ko, sya yung laging example ko sa team ng kung paano dumepensa. So, bakit kaya nito, bakit kayo hindi niyo kaya? Laging ganoon sa training," he added.
It’s high praise considering De Jesus has handled some of the best collegiate players throughout his illustrious UAAP career.
But for Macandili, she's just merely assuming her responsibility considering that La Salle's composed of younger players right now.
"Responsibility ko yun as a senior. Kailangan kong maging role model lalo na sa mga bata, yung team namin ngayon mostly composed na mga bata, responsibility ko yun as a senior," Macandili said as she finished with 20 digs and seven excellent receptions.
She doesn't think much of what she does, despite the praises that she receives. All she's thinking about is how to compliment her attackers who have been very lethal this season.
"Pinahuhuhugutan ko talaga yung teammates ko. Sila talaga yung inspiration ko para maglaro para ilabas yung best ko. Para talaga sa kanila," she said.