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    This lady overtook Alyssa Valdez as the Ateneo Lady Eagle with most UAAP titles

    May 19, 2019
    Kim Guequillana Ateneo
    PHOTO: marlo cueto

    KIM Gequillana ended her collegiate career as the Lady Eagle with the most UAAP championships.

    It’s not three-time MVP Alyssa Valdez nor former coach Tai Bundit who has the most UAAP titles anymore, but Gequillana who is part of all of Ateneo’s three championships.

    Converted as libero from service specialist in her last playing year, Gequillana had a fitting exit to her UAAP career as Ateneo ended a four-year title drought and completing a series comeback over University of Santo Tomas with a decisive three-set win in Game 3 on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

    “It’s really memorable for me, especially this year,” she said. “We really worked hard, it was really team work that put us here where we are now.”

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      Gequillana was a rookie when Valdez and the Lady Eagles defied the thrice-to-beat advantage of archrival La Salle in 2014, and a sophomore when Ateneo swept the 2015 season for the golden repeat.

      The service specialist also got to taste the painful defeats of the Lady Eagles to the Lady Spikers in 2016 and 2017 but the biggest setback she faced was when she suffered a left torn ACL injury in the 2017 Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference that sidelined her for the next UAAP season.

      As she was sidelined the whole 2018 season, the Lady Eagles missed the Finals losing to Far Eastern University in the Final Four.

      “It’s really being able to stand up again like for my first two years we won and then we lost and then I wasn’t part of the last season’s line-up,” she said.

      But that setback made her stronger and eager to complete her unfinished business with fellow seniors Maddie Madayag and Bea de Leon under new coach Oliver Almadro.

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      “It’s also like the thirst to win. Parang the passion is there. (It gave me) fire and made me eager for the comeback,” Gequillana said. “I really wanted to push (myself)and I’ll do whatever that could help the team.”

      Gequillana may not be as sensational of the other notable Lady Eagles, but being a role player made her the winningest Lady Eagles and became instrumental of all those three magical title runs.

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