INCOMING fifth year La Salle setter Kim Fajardo bared that she will decide whether to play her final year in the UAAP or not once the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship is over.
Fajardo said she’s aware of the clamor for her to stay on as the Lady Spikers gun for back-to-back UAAP championships in the UAAP early next year, but the pride of Calatagan, Batangas is in no rush to make a decision on something that will have a big impact on her life.
A vital cog in La Salle’s championship run last April, Fajardo insisted that as of now, she wants to focus on her once in a lifetime experience to play in the WCWC.
“Wala pa, wala pa akong decision. I-a-announce ko after na ng World,” Fajardo told SPIN.ph. “Kasi syempre ‘di ba, ‘di naman dapat minamadali ‘yun (mga decisions na ganon).”
“Kasi kunwari, nag-announce ka na na, lalaro ka pa rin sa La Salle, mape-pressure lang ako sa World niyan na dapat galingan ko kasi ganito, ganyan,” she added. “Gusto ko kasi ito muna, World muna, isa-isa lang muna.”
La Salle has a good chance to retain the crown with Fajardo on board. But if she does not return, Lady Spikers coach Ramil de Jesus will scramble for a replacement from the team’s pool of reserves.
Meanwhile, the outspoken playmaker has been getting the attention of foreign coaches, including Est Cola coach Chamnan Dokmai of Thailand and PSL Manila coach and former North Korea mentor Moro Branislav.
Yet despite the praise, Fajardo, who turned 23 on Friday, kept her focus on making the most of her stint in the PSL Manila team together with fellow F2 Logistics player Mika Reyes, Rachel Anne Daquis and Jovelyn Gonzaga of RC Cola Army, Ces Molina and Jen Reyes of Petron and Jaja Santiago of Foton along with seven imports Ekaterina Krivets of Russia, Lynda Morales of Puerto Rico, Yuri Fukuda of Japan, Stephanie Niemer and Lindsay Stalzer of the United States, Tichaya Boonlert of Thailand and Yevgeniya Nyukhalova.
“Syempre gagalingan ko sa World, I’ll just do my best,” she said.