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    Coach O says UAAP award controversy least of Maddie Madayag’s concerns

    May 11, 2019

    MADDIE Madayag appreciates everyone's call for justice for her, but at this point, awards are the least of her concerns.

    Earlier reports bared that Madayag is set to claim the 2nd Best Middle Blocker plum in the UAAP women's volleyball tournament, causing social media outcry which also saw #JusticeForMaddie trend from the Ateneo supporters.

    Madayag led the blocking department with 0.86 block per set and 44 kill blocks, yet surrendered the 1st Best Middle Blocker plum to NU's Roselyn Doria, who was second in blocking with 0.69 block per frame and 37 kill blocks.

    Controversial as the decision was, Ateneo coach Oliver Almadro relayed that Madayag isn't that worried of how the awards turned out to be.

    "Sa amin, it's not a big deal," he said, noting that her middle hitter winning an award is already a huge honor for her.

    "Ang importante nasa championship. Yun naman ang gusto namin, yung mag-champion. If may award on the side, it's a bonus na para sa amin."

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    Kat Tolentino is also set to receive the Best Opposite Spiker after finishing third in scoring with her 14.29 points per game on a 30.23% attack rate and 0.63 block per set.

    Despite the Lady Eagles going on a social media blackout, Almadro admits that news like that still finds its way to the team.

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    "Wala kaming social media ngayon, but we know about that," he said.

    But rather than dwell on the apparent setback, the champion coach is firm that for Ateneo, the only goal is reclaiming the title it last held back in 2015.

    "In-explain na rin naman namin kay Maddie, and she understands. First or Second Best Middle Blocker, it doesn't matter. At least nga meron eh, and that's what we're thankful for, na nandoon pa rin siya."

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