MADDIE Madayag was so focused on leading Ateneo back from a two-set deficit that she didn't realize until later that she had set a new UAAP record for blocks in the comeback win over University of Santo Tomas on Wednesday.
Madayag tallied 11 of Ateneo’s 24 blocks in the 19-25, 22-25, 27-25, 25-22, 15-11 victory over the Tigresses to surpass former De La Salle opposite spiker Celine Hernandez’s previous record of nine blocks set 11 years ago.
Madayag was named the Player of the Game but she wasn’t aware of the record she had just set even when scribes asked her about it during the post-game interview.
“Seryoso? Eleven blocks? I didn’t know that. Oh my gosh. I’m speechless, I don’t know what to say,” beamed the graduating middle blocker, who finished with 23 points off 11 blocks, 11 spikes and an ace.
The 5-foot-11 star said all she wanted was to lead the Lady Eagles back from two sets down.
“I just played my game, I guess, and contributed whatever I can for the team and I just gave it my all,” Madayag said “This is for my team, this is for the school, this is for the Lord, and not really for myself because it’s a team thing.”
Madayag's heroics put to naught a similarly impressive performance from UST star Sisi Rondina, who scored 35 points to tie Alyssa Valdez’s league record which she set in Season 75 in a second-round game against Adamson.
The Davao native said she has nothing but respect for Rondina.
“Sisi is a really good player, she’s very good, she knows what to do talaga. You can see that she’s very experienced because even when she was in Cebu naman, she played really good,” Madayag said.
Madayag was proud to set the record and help Ateneo win a seventh straight game, but she vowed to keep pushing herself to the limit.
“I always strive, I always aim higher naman. I don't settle, so kung anong ma-achieve ko, lalagpasan ko pa yan,” Madayag said. “Gagawin ko lang kung anong kaya kong gawin for my team. So kung sa blocking department, tutulong ako.”