BRGY. LA SALLE XX: CRDJ, The Archer Guiding The Arrows

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Welcome to the new home of the UAAP Season 79 Women's Volleyball Champions!

This thread is dedicated to the one and only Coach Ramil De Jesus.
The Archer responsible for sharpening our arrows. The man who guides our team not only inside the court but outside as well. To Coach Ramil, the whole barangay salutes you!



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DE JESUS: Genius, disciplinarian, champion coach
by Mark Escarlote
© ABS-CBN Sports

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De La Salle University head coach Ramil De Jesus came inside the press room of the Big Dome for a post-game interview wearing the same smile he had in the past nine times the Lady Spikers closed the UAAP season as champions.

The only difference in those championship interviews were the players that accompanied him to answer questions from reporters.

From Iris Ortega-Patrona, Desiree Hernandez, Maureen Penetrante, the legendary Manilla Santos, the Big Three of Cha Cruz, Paneng Mercado and Jacq Alarca, to Michel Gumabao and beast-mode-don’t-care Aby Marano to Ara Galang, Mika Reyes, Kim Dy and gem of a setter in Kim Fajaro – all of them stood beside a genius and architect of DLSU’s successful volleyball program.

Victory after victory, De Jesus built his reputation as a one of the best women’s volleyball mentors in the country.

[CROUCHING-TIGER-DISAPPEARING-SPOILER]Last Saturday, De Jesus added another feather to his cap when he steered the Taft-based squad to back-to-back titles in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the expense of archrival Ateneo de Manila.[/CROUCHING-TIGER-DISAPPEARING-SPOILER]

Two decades since his arrival to the school of a different shade of green after playing for Far Eastern University, delivered 10 titles and brought the Lady Spikers to the Finals 17 times.

De Jesus shared the secret of his success.

“Siguro, sistema siguro then hard work. And then, well-disciplined ‘yung mga bata. Siguro, ‘yun ‘yung key,” he said.

His success earned him the respect of his peers including three-time UAAP men’s volleyball champion Oliver Almadro of Ateneo, who was once one of his lieutenants, and players alike.

DLSU embraced him as one of its own.

“Natutuwa ako kasi kahit hindi ako alumnus doon niyakap nila ako bilang parang doon na din nag-graduate,” said De Jesus. “Hindi ko naman napapansin ang mga nanyayari sa akin sila lang ang nakakapansin, binigyan nga ako ng award. Happy, very happy (ako).”

De Jesus is known to be a no nonsense coach. Strict, straightforward and a disciplinarian – traits he inherited from FEU men’s coach Kid Santos.

He doesn’t like fanfare and as much as possible keeps attention away from him.

De Jesus carefully chooses his words but when he gives one, everybody listens.

He means business all the time.

Brilliance of De Jesus
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De Jesus knows how to win and his career win-loss record says it all.

[CROUCHING-TIGER-DISAPPEARING-SPOILER][CROUCHING-TIGER-DISAPPEARING-SPOILER]The main reason why DLSU trusted De Jesus to handle the team for that many years – a rare feat considering that a UAAP coach’s tenure is very volatile.

It was summer 20 years ago when former basketball Olympian and influential DLSU sport personality Ramoncito Campos brought in a young mentor in De Jesus to save the school’s volleyball program, which then had yet to win a title since joining the league in 1986.

He entered the UAAP volleyball scene during the time when powerhouse teams Far Eastern University and University of Sto. Tomas, then mentored by legendary coach August Sta. Maria, were the ones lording over here the competition.

Of course the road to glory didn’t come easy but his first tour of duty gave DLSU a chance to feel what it was to be in the Final Four when the Lady Spikers finished fourth a year when after strings of forgettable seasons.

Quenching the thirst to salvage some pride in the sport that will eventually be DLSU’s second most valued contest next to basketball, the Lady Spikers began to hunger for the crown – something the school never felt before since winning it all back in 1976 as a member of the NCAA.

De Jesus submitted his team to Spartan-like training and hammering discipline and slowly molded the Lady Spikers to a championship-caliber squad.

In Season 61, DLSU challenged FEU for the crown but the Lady Tamaraws’ championship experience prevailed.

The loss only fueled De Jesus’ desire to bring the Lady Spikers to the throne even more.

With the core of ace hitter Ortega-Patrona, setter Valerie Bautista, Sally Macasaet, Sheryl Magallanes, Demelle Chua, Hollie Reyes and then sophomore Ivy Remulla, De Jesus steered DLSU on the right track for another shot at the crown.

Midway in the season Bautista got pregnant. De Jesus, calm and composed, knew what to do.

He converted open spiker Reyes into a setter and the gambit worked as DLSU once again punched a ticket to the Finals, this time against UST – a very hungry team looking to reclaim the title.

A year removed from the throne, UST was ready for the kill.

But the Espana-based squad went against a famished team – DLSU will not leave the sweltering University of the Philippines Human Kinetics Gym without the championship trophy.

In front of a crowd - dwarf-sized compared to the multitude of fans that troop bigger venues of today – the Lady Spikers wrote history.

DLSU slew a giant in a thrilling five-set game behind the stellar performance of Ortega-Patrona, who won that Season’s Most Valuable Player award – the first of many incredible volleybelles that will bag the highest individual honor under De Jesus’ tutelage.

It was an incredible feat but it won’t see a repeat in the next three years.[/CROUCHING-TIGER-DISAPPEARING-SPOILER][/CROUCHING-TIGER-DISAPPEARING-SPOILER]

Grand Slam

After their breakthrough title, the Lady Spikers had three straight bride’s maid finishes behind FEU.

Heartbreaks brought by Ortega-Patrona’s falling out with De Jesus over a disciplinary issue in Season 63 and the unstoppable power of FEU's Monica Aleta, who won three straight MVP awards while towing the Lady Tams to a three-peat.

Like a chess master, De Jesus learned from his mistakes before pulling off a feat that will cement his name as one of the greatest.

[CROUCHING-TIGER-DISAPPEARING-SPOILER]With Hernandez, Penetrante and a young Santos as his main pieces, he steered the Lady Spikers to a rare three-peat.

DLSU brought into heel FEU, UST and Adamson to complete a grand slam.

A four-peat loomed for the celebrated Lady Spikers but fate played a cruel trick on them after UAAP suspended DLSU in Season 69 because the Green Archers' basketball squad fielded two ineligible players the previous year.

When the ban was lifted in Season 70, De Jesus and the Lady Spikers were again under the radar as title contenders together with the defending champion UST, FEU and Adamson.

But team was forced to file a leave of absence from the school while the tournament was ongoing because Alarca saw action despite incomplete academic credentials to be eligible to play. All of the team’s won games where Alarca played where forfeited and the Lady Spikers ended up at seventh place.

It was a painful setback but it also served as a rallying point for DLSU.

With Santos playing her final year and the emergence of enigmatic but then rookie libero Mel Gohing in Season 71, the Lady Spikers denied the then graduating Rachel Anne Daquis and FEU back-to-back crowns.

DLSU relinquished the throne to the Angeli Tabaquero and Aiza Maizo-led Tigresses the following year.

The Lady Spikers avenged their loss the next season in a rematch with UST behind Alarca, Mercado, Cruz, Gumabao and Gohing in the start of De Jesus’ second three-peat.[/CROUCHING-TIGER-DISAPPEARING-SPOILER]

DLSU-Ateneo rivalry

Nobody really knows when UAAP volleyball picked up the tremendous following it has today.

Maybe it needed something for people to get hooked into.

A continuous rivalry, perhaps?

For six straight years DLSU and Ateneo did just that.

The storied rivalry between La Salle and Ateneo spilled from the basketball court to the taraflex mat of volleyball.

[CROUCHING-TIGER-DISAPPEARING-SPOILER]De Jesus had in his bench the core of veterans Cruz, Gumabao and Marano back and freshmen Galang, Reyes and Demecillo when they met in the Season 74 Finals a young and promising Lady Eagles side – much like the Lady Spikers De Jesus inherited 14 seasons back.

Led by Fille Cainglet, Dzi Gervacio and a fresh recruit from University of Sto. Tomas high school Alyssa Valdez, Ateneo gave DLSU a tough challenge for two seasons but the Lady Spikers repelled them both times.

Then came Lady Eagles Thai mentor Tai Bundit.

For three years in a row, De Jesus’ system bested the rest of the field including that of then Ateneo coach Roger Gorayeb.

However, a coach who barely spoke English or Filipino provided him a challenge in Season 76.

DLSU with an intact core led by Marano, swept its way straight to the Finals with a thrice-to-beat advantage. Ateneo crawled its way to the championship round through a series of do-or-die games.[/CROUCHING-TIGER-DISAPPEARING-SPOILER]

De Jesus is an old-school type of coach. His system is hinged on well-planned strategies and tactics.

He was pitted against Bundit’s Thai-style of play anchored on a heartstrong mantra and a ‘happy, happy’ approach of the game.

Bundit dances on the sideline, an animated fellow during the matches. De Jesus is stoic as always.

When the two collided for the title for the first time, Bundit shocked De Jesus and DLSU when Ateneo beat them thrice in a four-game series that went the full distance.

[CROUCHING-TIGER-DISAPPEARING-SPOILER]Bundit and the Valdez-led Lady Eagles did it again the following year, completing a season sweep at the expense of the Lady Spikers, who struggled to pose any form resistance in the Finals after Galang went down with a season-ending ACL tear in the semis.

It was a devastating loss to say the least.[/CROUCHING-TIGER-DISAPPEARING-SPOILER]

But De Jesus, a general who fought many battles for the green and white, stuck with the weapon that brought him success – his ability to adjust.

[CROUCHING-TIGER-DISAPPEARING-SPOILER]Outdueled by Bundit in their last six matches, De Jesus found a way to stop the rampaging Lady Eagles in their first meeting in Season 78.

Ateneo equalized in the second round and even took the top spot after the elimination.

The Lady Spikers and the Lady Eagles would eventually meet in the Finals for the fifth year in a row.
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De Jesus was ready for Ateneo.

He knew the strengths and weaknesses of the Lady Eagles and used it to his advantage to win the series opener.

The then graduating Valdez brought Ateneo back in Game 2 to tie the series, but DLSU completed its long-awaited revenge in the decider and gave Reyes, Demecillo and Galang a fitting sendoff gift.

Road to back-to-back

Losing five veterans including three of their key players heading into Season 79 gave De Jesus one of the toughest challenges he ever faced as a DLSU mentor.

[CROUCHING-TIGER-DISAPPEARING-SPOILER]Setter Kim Fajardo returned for her swan song together with fourth year playes Kim Dy, Dawn Macandili and Majoy Baron. Desiree Cheng also came back after a year of absence due to a knee injury, but De Jesus was still left to navigate with a relatively young crew. [/CROUCHING-TIGER-DISAPPEARING-SPOILER]

“Sa lahat nang nai-form kong team, ito yung medyo (up and down) yung performance,” he said. “Sobrang babaw ng bench, wala ka halos (mahugot) pagtingin mo, wala ka makuha.”

DLSU struggled early and was on the losing end of two elims matches against Ateneo.

[CROUCHING-TIGER-DISAPPEARING-SPOILER]“Ateneo nu’ng buong elimination NU lang ang halos tumalo. Sabi ko ano bang meron ang team na ito?” he said. “Pinilit lang naming habulin.”

“Kasi alam ko nag-start kami medyo hilaw ang team namin. Early part ng first round natalo kami sa UP sabi ko pukpok pa tayo, habol pa,” De Jesus added. “Ang nakakatuwa sa mga bata, ang determinasyon na humabol nandoon.”[/CROUCHING-TIGER-DISAPPEARING-SPOILER]

When the De Jesus found himself leading the Lady Spikers to a sixth straight title series against Bundit and the Lady Eagles, he knew his squad was ready to defend their crown.

And protect it they did in a series sweep capped by a dramatic five-set victory.

[CROUCHING-TIGER-DISAPPEARING-SPOILER]“Siguro buong eliminations, nire-review namin ang mga games, nakikita mo yung difference, ‘yung advantage at disadvantage ng team, so siguro doon kami nag-focus, kung saan kami medyo dehado. Concentrate kami sa training,” he said. “Ine-explain ko rin sa players kung ano yung dapat naming gawin, although mahirap. So, tanggapin na lang nila.”[/CROUCHING-TIGER-DISAPPEARING-SPOILER]

In a rare moment, when Ateneo’s Jho Maraguinot sent her attack long that signaled DLSU’s back-to-back championships, De Jesus let his hair down a little.

He was jumping, dancing, celebrating the victory and even held his hands up, both his palms wide open as confetti dropped and the deafening roar of the crowd and banging of the drums echoed inside the arena.

De Jesus won his tenth title.

When the celebration subsided, De Jesus fashioned the same smile he wore in his past nine championships as he was led inside the pressroom of the Big Dome.

Only this time around, Fajardo, Cheng and Dy were the ones who followed him from behind.

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Coach Ramil de Jesus in Numbers
By: Tony Lebron Atayde, Jr.
© archersclubhouse.com

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So much has been said about how DLSU Women’s Volleyball Coach Ramil de Jesus keeps on winning, even as players come and go.

He has been at the helm for 20 years and has won 10 championships, including 2 three-peats, 2 back-to-back championships and 17 Finals appearance. His players have become his biggest admirers as he patiently develops them to be the best they could be. Starting with his first MVP, Iris Ortega, all the way to the latest MVP Majoy Baron, Coach Ramil just keeps building.

Coach Ramil was a multi champion player with FEU under Coach Kid Santos, who he would later face when he coached DLSU.

When he was recruited by Mr. Ramoncito Campos, then head of what is now the Office of Sports Development, for Season 60 of the UAAP, nobody expected that his penchant for winning would last for 20 seasons.

However the best way to find out just how good of a coach he was, is and will be, is by looking at his coaching career numbers. Thanks to the ever reliable Gerry Achacoso of the Office of Sports Development for the history of Coach Ramil’s 20 years at DLSU.

Recently, he was inducted into the DLSU Sports Hall of Fame. For Coach Ramil, the best is yet to come.

SEASON 60 - 79 RECORD
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LINEUP AND AWARDEES PER SEASON
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  • rothemarierothemarie Moderator PEx Moderator
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    Brgy. Captain: Ramil De Jesus

    KAGAWAD:
    · Noel Orcullo
    · Benson Bocboc
    · Carissa Gotis

    Mga Tanod:
    · Kim Fajardo
    · Mary Joy Baron
    · Dawn Nicole Macandili
    · Kim Kianna Dy
    · Carmel June Saga
    · May Luna
    · Norielle Ipac
    · Ernestine Tiamzon
    · Princess Justine Tiu
    · Aduke Christine Ogunsanya
    · Desiree Wynea Cheng
    · Arriane Mae Layug
    · Michelle Cobb
    · Ezra Gyra Barroga

    Rovena Instrella
    Aljan Andre Pielago
    Sab Roces
    Tara Imperial


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    Brgy. Captain: Ernesto Pamilar

    KAGAWAD:
    · Norman Miguel
    · Alegro Carpio
    · Ariel dela Cruz

    Mga Tanod:
    · Rafael Macaspac
    · Rafael Del Pilar
    · Raymark Woo
    · John David Delos Reyes
    · Jopet Movido
    · Cris Dumago
    · Arjay Onia
    · Wayne marco
    · Joshua Jose
    · Reuel Asia
    · Geraint Bacon
    · Zosimo Maravilla
    · Geuel Asia
    · Levi Dimayuga


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    • 17 times in the FINALS
    • 10 TITLES
    • 1 COACH


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    CHAMPION LADY SPIKERS

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    SEASON 62:

    · Jo-Ann Amante
    · Valerie Bautista
    · Erika Castillo
    · Demelee Chua
    · Rochelle Chuacuco
    · Katrina Cruz
    · Salvacion Macasaet
    · Sheryl Magallanes
    · Iris Ortega
    · Ivy Remulla
    · Hollie Reyes
    · Meriam Santiago
    · Magnolia Tapia
    · Vanessa Yance

    SEASON 66:

    · Manilla Santos
    · Carissa Gotis
    · Desiree Hernandez
    · Shermaine Penano
    · Relea Saet
    · Kimberly Lee
    · Maureen Penetrante
    · Michelle Datuin
    · Anne Remulla
    · April de la Cruz
    · Ivory Ablig
    · Gelyn Vargas
    · Angeline Cantos
    · Hollie Reyes

    SEASON 67:

    · Manilla Santos
    · Carissa Gotis
    · Desiree Hernandez
    · Shermaine Penano
    · Relea Saet
    · Kimberly Lee
    · Maureen Penetrante
    · Jovan Santos
    · Diana Go
    · April de la Cruz
    · Ivory Ablig
    · Gelyn Vargas
    · Carla Llaguno
    · Katrina Gumabao

    SEASON 68:

    · Manilla Santos
    · Carissa Gotis
    · Desiree Hernandez
    · Shermaine Penano
    · Relea Saet
    · Kimberly Lee
    · Jacq Alarca
    · Michelle Datuin
    · Diana Go
    · April de la Cruz
    · Charleen Cruz
    · Erika Tiamzon
    · Carla Llaguno
    · Stephanie Mercado

    SEASON 71:

    · Manilla Santos
    · Regine Diego
    · Celine Hernandez
    · Monica Sta. Maria
    · Kaye Martinez
    · Emeli Zuno
    · Jacq Alarca
    · Michelle Datuin
    · Isabella Lepping
    · Camille Cerveza
    · Charleen Cruz
    · Denise Lim
    · Melissa Gohing
    · Stephanie Mercado

    SEASON 73:

    · Abigail Marano
    · Alexi Tatlonghari
    · Mela Garbin
    · Michelle Gumabao
    · Mika Esperanza
    · Cyd Demecillo
    · Jacq Alarca
    · Clarissa Yeung
    · Isabella Lepping
    · Denise Tan
    · Charleen Cruz
    · Joanne Siy
    · Melissa Gohing
    · Stephanie Mercado

    SEASON 74:

    · Abigail Marano
    · Alexi Tatlonghari
    · Mela Garbin
    · Michelle Gumabao
    · Mika Esperanza
    · Camille Cruz
    · Mika Reyes
    · Rochelle Sison
    · Wensh Tiu
    · Denise Tan
    · Charleen Cruz
    · Carol Cerveza
    · Melissa Gohing
    · Victonara Galang

    SEASON 75:

    · Abigail Marano
    · Michelle Gumabao
    · Mika Esperanza
    · Cienne Cruz
    · Mika Reyes
    · Rochelle Sison
    · Wensh Tiu
    · Denise Tan
    · Carol Cerveza
    · Melissa Gohing
    · Victonara Galang
    · Kim Fajardo
    · Justine Tiu
    · Cyd Demecillo

    SEASON 78:

    · Mika Esperanza
    · Mika Reyes
    · Cyd Demecillo
    · Carol Cerveza
    · Victonara Galang
    · Kim Fajardo
    · Majoy Baron
    · Kim Kianna Dy
    · Dawn Macandili
    · May Luna
    · Ernestine Tiamzon
    · Norielle Ipac
    · Carmel Saga
    · Christine Soyud

    SEASON 79:

    · Kim Fajardo
    · Majoy Baron
    · Kim Kianna Dy
    · Dawn Macandili
    · May Luna
    · Ernestine Tiamzon
    · Norielle Ipac
    · Carmel Saga
    · Desiree Cheng
    · Aduke Ogunsanya
    · Arianne Layug
    · Michelle Cobb
    · Gyra Barroga
    · Justine Tiu


    BEACH VOLLEYBALL

    SEASON 78:

    · Kim Fajardo
    · Cyd Demecillo
    · Ernestine Tiamzon

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    UAAP AWARDEES

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    MVP/FINALS MVP
    · Iris Ortega (S62)
    · Maureen Penetrante (S67)
    · Desiree Hernandez (S66,S68)
    · Manilla Santos (S71)
    · Charleen Cruz (S73,S74)
    · Michele Gumabao (S75)
    · Kim Kianna Dy (S78)
    · Desiree Cheng (S79)

    SEASON MVP
    · Jacqueline Alarca (S73)
    · Abigail Marano (S74,S75*)
    · Ara Galang (S75*)
    · Majoy Baron (S79)

    ROY
    · Melissa Gohing (S71)
    · Joanne Siy (S72)
    · Mika Esperanza (S73)
    · Ara Galang (S74)

    BEST BLOCKER
    · Maureen Penetrante (S65,S66,S67)
    · Celine Hernandez (S70)
    · Jacqueline Alarca (S71)
    · Joanne Siy (S72)
    · Michele Gumabao (S73,S74)
    · Abigail Marano (S75)
    · Major Baron (S78)

    BEST SPIKER
    · Ivy Remulla (S62)
    · Maureen Penetrante (S67)
    · Jacqueline Alarca (S73)

    BEST SETTER
    · Chie Saet (S67,S68)
    · Kim Fajardo (S76,S78,79)

    BEST SERVER
    · Hollie Reyes (S63)
    · Sher Magallanes (S64)
    · Jacqueline Alarca (S73)
    · Ara Galang (S74)
    · Kim Fajardo (S79)

    BEST LIBERO
    · Rochelle Chuacuco (S63)
    · Shermaine Penano (S65,S67,S68)

    BEST RECEIVER
    · Manilla Santos (S71)
    · Dawn Macandili (S78, S79)

    BEST DIGGER
    · Shermaine Penano (S67)
    · Dawn Macandili (S78)


    Beach Volleyball

    MVP
    · Kim Fajardo (S78)

    ROY
    · Melissa Gohing (S71)
    · Camille Cruz (S74)

    *co-mvp

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    Cydthealee Demecillo

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    Cythealee Demecillo surely did not take any shortcut on the road to being one of the grittiest and most bemedalled Lady Spikers as she had to show persistence and unwavering resolve to hurdle a collegiate career fraught with overwhelming ordeals.

    Hailing from the University of Southern Philippines Foundation coached by Cebu's famed Jordan Paca, Demecillo ended up with the Lady Spikers via the Hope-La Salle pipeline.

    It was Hope Christian's Coach Jerry Yee--a friend of Coach Paca--who recommended Cyd to La Salle.

    Challenges plagued Cyd's stay with the Lady Spikers. From serious food poisoning, to a bout of chickenpox, to a team mate's wayward elbow, to possible career-ending injury, to even losing a family, no matter the seriousness, these trials always seemed to befall Cyd at the most inopportune time possible.

    Academics

    From her rookie year, serving as understudy to Lady Spikers' greats Cha Cruz and Steph Mercado, up to the early part of her sophomore year; Cyd had trouble adjusting to the school's academic requirements which eventually made her ineligible to play in season 74.

    Showing persistence, she buckled down to work and was able to catch up in her studies. She even made it to the Dean's List. After her initial hiccup, she became well-adjusted and academics ceased to be an issue.

    Chickenpox

    Then after missing season 74, barely a month before the start of season 75 and just a week before the UNIGAMES, Demecillo contracted chickenpox.

    This meant quarantine away from players' dorm and missing the practices which nixed her participation in the UNIGAMES and even put to question her spot in the UAAP75 lineup. She was in danger of missing her second straight UAAP season.

    Worse, a chickenpox scare gripped the team when the rookie who brought Cyd food while in quarantine showed symptoms during the UNIGAMES in Bacolod. The rookie had to be sent home to recover thereby eliminating her from consideration for the UAAP75 lineup. And those in the team who have not had chickenpox had to be vaccinated. Well, except one. One was too terrified of shots.

    Cyd in all these fought to keep in shape and she eventually made the UAAP lineup despite.

    "Appendicitis"

    The following year, again late in the preparation for UAAP76, Cyd came down with what looked like to the PT as appendicitis which needed hospital confinement.

    She was by then one of the veterans so the possibility of losing her for an extended period gave the coaches headaches. Her presence and leadership were counted upon considering the large compliment of rookies that season. Greenhorns Kim Dy, Dawn Macandili, Des Cheng and batch mates needed guidance.

    Fortunately, after a few days in the hospital, it turned out to be just a case of serious food poisoning and she was soon back in training.

    Battle scar

    Her misfortunes did not stop there.

    Hope Cyd would not mind this post calling attention to her "battle scar". It is barely noticeable, but the keen-eyed might be able to spot it under Cyd's left eye.

    That scar came during a hard practice, during an extended holiday weekend, in the middle of a particularly intense and long rally, while going for the ball, she ran into a wayward elbow of a team mate. This caused a very deep, two-inch gash under her eye worthy of a boxing match which required stitches.

    The team looked for a specialist physician, an ophthalmologist perhaps because of the cut's proximity to the eye, or even a plastic surgeon to maybe minimized the visible scarring. Too bad it was a holiday and the only doctor available was the resident in the ER.

    Stress fractures

    After the beach volleyball tournament of season 78, Cyd complained of increasing pain on her shin which MRI later showed was being caused by a stress fracture.

    She had to rest, on doctor's order, to heal.

    But alas, rest was not enough as it became evident later on that she was not healing fast enough for her last UAAP indoor competition, so it was decided she had to have an operation.

    Her recovery made her miss the first round of UAAP78 and even when she returned, she was playing hurt the rest of the season.

    Through the pain, she served as a vital cog in the campaign which reclaimed the UAAP crown.

    After the UAAP season, the pain on her shin worsened.

    Further MRI determined her shin developed additional stress fractures which threatened her future as a volleyball player.

    An operation to reinforce her shin with a titanium implant had to be done.

    F2 signed her up in the PSL even while still recovering from the operation which led to many questions as she saw only limited minutes.

    The wisdom of her inclusion only became apparent in the finals of the 2016 All-Filipino Conference when she played a pivotal role in collecting Coach Ramil's very first PSL crown.

    Dad

    Cyd went through a lot but nothing can be more painful than when she lost her father to leukemia while she was in La Salle.

    He left Cyd with just her mother and two sisters.

    The resolve of the Demecillos came to fore when the family decided for Cyd to trudged along despite the grief, and despite the challenges of doing without her in running the business the father left them.

    These difficulties Cyd went through were not mentioned to suggest in any way that her career was unlucky. No. Rather, her story should show how adversity developed in Cyd her grit as a player and as a person, hoping to inspire young players not to give up so easily.

    Challenges are not what define her.

    What define Cyd as a Lady Spiker are these:

    - she became Coach Ramil's ace up his sleeve ready to be called upon in crunch time

    - she won La Salle's first ever UAAP Beach Volleyball crown

    - she gave La Salle four UAAP golds and four silvers making her stand out even when ranged against the other Lady Spikers greats who gave the school four golds: Cha Cruz (4 golds-1 silver-1 bronze), Mika Esperanza (4-1-1), Illa Santos (4-1-0), and Mel Gohing (4-1-0)

    Cyd achieved despite.

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    Maria Mikaela Esperanza

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    After the heart-breaking Season 72 campaign wherein the team raced to a 13-0 start before dropping the last elimination game and getting swept in the finals, and with Kaye Martinez' plan of concentrating on the senior year of her civil engineering course instead, setters were high on Coach Ramil de Jesus' recruiting priority coming into Season 73.

    He got his wish when he landed that year, not one but, two great setters one of whom was Mika Esperanza.

    Coach Ramil has long been eyeing Mika ever since the other DLS Lipa setter Rhea Dimaculangan did not go to Taft. And with the other teams scrambling to get the remaining of the 2008 National Youth Team (i.e. Fajardo, Valdez, de Jesus, Lazaro, Hirotsuji, etc.) and also the seniors of NCR champions Hope Christian, little attention were being given to Esperanza and other graduating players of 2010. So, Mika went to La Salle without too much fun fare.

    Mika made an immediate impact by running the team's offense on the way to winning the Lady Spikers' first PVF Inter-collegiate championship in Baguio just a few days after joining the team. And during their Japan training later that year, the Japanese coach was so impressed with her that she was invited to an extended stay for additional setter's training. Unfortunately, the school calendar did not allow her that.

    During Esperanza's rookie year, UAAP S73, she orchestrated the Lady Spikers squad which featured: Cha Cruz, Steph Mercado, Jacq Alarca, Abi Marano, and Michele Gumabao. So dominant was the team that year that they did not drop a single match--on the court that is, one match (vs UE) was reversed.

    It is surprising she did not get the best setter award considering the Lady Spikers was by far the best spiking team that year and instead finished a very close second behind the setter of the fourth-ranked team. This is the reason why the team started tracking the game statistics.

    Mika was also a strong server, she finished a close second to team mate Jacq Alarca in the best server award category.

    It was her ranking in setting, serving and blocking which made her the runaway Rookie of the Year awardee--the team's third consecutive.

    What most do not know about Esperanza is she almost did not finish her rookie year. She had an untreated ACL tear which she got while still in high school and Mika did not want to go under the knife for fear of going out of condition. And with batchmate and fellow setter Kim Fajardo still serving residency, the setting duties fall squarely on Mika's shoulder.

    During the warm-ups just hours before the very important semi-final match vs admu, while doing the suicide drill, Mika suddenly fell cringing in pain clutching her knee. She said she felt a pop during the change of direction. Luckily, after stretching, she said she can play.

    Mika went on to set up the offense on the way to the highlight of the season where the Lady Spikers came back from 19-24 deficit in the Finals Game 2 to reclaim the crown--the first in a string of three.

    The following year, with Fajardo continuing to be red-shirted to maximize the setters' playing years, Esperanza orchestrated arguably the most dominating Lady Spikers squad which faced three national teams and swept the elimination round of the UAAP on the way to second straight gold.

    With the entry of Kim Fajardo the following season, Mika take on the back-up setter role, but her importance to the team did not diminish. One of the reasons behind the consistently good performance of the team was, while other teams struggled to have one, the Lady Spikers had two great setters. Both the first and the second six were competitive in practice because of the setters. And competitive practices meant the whole team improved.

    There has not been another major incident with Mika's ACL injury until after her fourth playing year when playing for Air Asia in the PSL, it again popped, necessitating surgery. This made her miss UAAP S77.

    In Season 78, she came back for her final year and made good on her promise to Abi Marano two years previous. This win included Mika Esperanza to that most exclusive Lady Spiker club--the "4 UAAP Gold Club".

    Posted by Sir Prokorpyo
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    Kim Fajardo

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    She may have disliked it; but it was clear to everyone--from the players, to the coaches, to the managers, to the school--who the rallying point of the team this season was. It was her.

    It was only when she embraced her role as being the inspiration to her team mates, when everything fell into place.

    When things got shaky, she took charge.

    When others were starting to give up, she refused.

    Coach Ramil told the senior highschoolers that they will soon realize how lucky they are to have shared the court with her, to have been able to train with her.

    Those who know coach Ramil can attest that generous with his praises he is not. It is not easy to please the premier coach of the land.

    So when he talks about the greatness of this player, in front of the media no less. There is little doubt that she is.

    I consider myself lucky to have witnessed the triumphs and trials of the KAFtain.

    From having to skip multiple seasons to being the most bemedalled Lady Spiker to date. Participating and winning medals in both indoor and beach volleyball in all of her five playing years.

    Thanks for the memories, Kim Alano Fajardo [4-4-2; MVP BVW S78; Best Setter (S76, S78, S79); Best Server S79]!

    Posted by Sir Prokorpyo

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    PSL AWARDEES

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    Grand Prix 2013
    · 2nd Best Middle Blocker - Maureen Pentrante (Cignal)

    AFC 2014
    · 1st Best Outside Spiker - Stephanie Mercado (Air Asia)
    · 1st Best Middle Blocker - Aby Marano (Air Asia)

    Grand Prix 2014
    · 1st Middle Blocker - Aby Marano (Generika)

    AFC 2015
    · 1st Best Outside Spiker - Cha Cruz (Shop Pinas)
    · 2nd Middle Blocker - Aby Marano (Petron)
    · Best Opposite Spiker - Michele Gumabao (Philps Gold)

    Grand Prix 2015
    · 1st Best Opposite Spiker - Michele Gumabao (Philps Gold)

    AFC 2016
    · 1st Best Outside Spiker - Ara Galang (F2 Logistics)
    · 1st Best Middle Blocker - Aby Marano (F2 Logistics)
    · Best Setter - Kim Fajardo (F2 Logistics)
    · Best Libero - Dawn Macandili (F2 Logistics)
    · Conference MVP - Dawn Macandili (F2 Logistics)

    Grand Prix 2016
    · 1st Best Middle Blocker - Aby Marano (F2 Logistics)
    · Best Setter - Kim Fajardo (F2 Logistics)
    · Best Libero - Dawn Macandili (F2 Logistics)

    Invitational 2017
    · Best Setter - Chie Saet (Cignal)

    AFC 2017
    · 2nd Best Outside Spiker - Ara Galang (F2 Logistics)
    · 1st Best Middle Blocker - Majoy Baron (F2 Logistics)
    · 2nd Best Middle Blocker - Mika Reyes (Petron)

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    MVP
    · Maureen Penetrante (S1 2nd Conf.)

    Finals MVP
    · Michele Gumabao [Pocari Sweat](S13 Reinforced Conference)

    Best Setter
    · Chie Saet (S1 1st Conf./S2 1st & 2nd Conf./S3 1st Conf.)

    Most Improved Player
    · Manilla Santos (S3 1st Conf.)

    Best Attacker
    · Desiree Hernandez (S3 1st Conf.)

    Best Server
    · Jacqueline Alarca (S1 2nd Conf.)

    Best Blocker
    · Maureen Penetrante (S1 1st Conf./S2 1st Conf.)
    · Jacqueline Alarca (S5 2nd Conf.)
    · Maureen Penterante [Meralco] (S10 2nd Conf.)
    · Aby Marano [Meralco] (S11 Reinforced Open Conf.)

    Best Digger
    · Shermaine Penano (S1 1st Conf./S2 1st & 2nd Conf.)
    · Melissa Gohing [Smart Maynilad] (S10 2nd Conf.)

    Best Receiver
    · Shermaine Penano (S3 1st Conf.)

    Best Opposite Spiker
    · Michele Gumabao [Pocari Sweat] (S13 Open/Reinforced Conference)

    Best Libero
    · Melissa Gohing [Pocari Sweat] (S13 Open Conference)

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    CHAMPIONSHIP MOMENTS

    SEASON 71
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    SEASON 73
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  • rothemarierothemarie Moderator PEx Moderator
    [#]KEEPLABAN[/#]

    LADY SPIKERS

    · Kim Fajardo

    · Majoy Baron

    · Kim Kianna Dy

    · Desiree Cheng

    · Tin Tiamzon

    GREEN SPIKERS

    · Raymark Woo

    COACHING STAFF

    · Coach Ramil De Jesus

    · Coach Benson Bocboc

    · Coach Carissa Gotis
  • rothemarierothemarie Moderator PEx Moderator
    we would like to thank the following for their contributions for this thread:
    miss lana k. wenta, kpryde, russianspiker & picassoofmanila

    Thank you Sir Br, Animo Pexers and sa Barangay La Salle for patiently waiting :heartpump:

    Thank you very much to all the Lady Spikers who made the tribute video possible :heartpump:
  • picassoofmanilapicassoofmanila Lurker/Bangkay PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Yess 1st hahahaha
  • romantic_guy08romantic_guy08 Captain, S.S. Love Boat PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    Congrats to everyone for this wonderful new home... and to CRDJ, our warmest and snappiest salute...
  • rothemarierothemarie Moderator PEx Moderator
    OMG na pirmahan din ang ITC :lol:
  • russianspikerrussianspiker Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    finally! happy viewing mga ka-barangay! Animo La Salle!
  • eklavuuuuheklavuuuuh Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Omg thank you!!!! Tambay ako ng thread for the past few days for this and totally worth it
  • kprydekpryde Member PEx Rookie ⭐
    NAKAKAKILIG YUNG TRIBUTE VIDEOS!!!(wow nakay Aby pa lang ako, puyatan nga talaga!) :love:
  • qweasdzxcqweasdzxc Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    New bahay is up na!!!!!!
  • miss lana k. wentamiss lana k. wenta Basta Probinsyana, Maganda! 🏹 Archer Squad🥉
    wow! ANG GALING! wala ako masabi, :handsdown: pasabog ang gifs (lalo na yung gifs ng Championship Moments, pinakaepic na reaction yung S75), at videos lalo na yung tribute kay CRDJ...

    kaya pala matagal na paghihintay, ginalingan ng mga bossing! :cheers:

    Thanks Madam Rothe, kpryde, russianspiker & picassoofmanila, so paano pa ilelevel up ang Thread 21??? *party*
  • eklavuuuuheklavuuuuh Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Guys, Saludo ako saints sobrang. Nanunuod ako nung first video, nagsisitaasan Yung balahibo ko, Grabe, sobrang ganda
  • rothemarierothemarie Moderator PEx Moderator
    :director: Guys may meron kayong aabangan ang PART 3 Tribute to CRDJ's 20 years :naughty:

    :naughty:
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  • qweasdzxcqweasdzxc Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Pacomment muna. ANG GANDA NI DATUIN :love:
  • iheartgreeniheartgreen Member PEx Rookie ⭐
    2nd. galing nung pa.video. bawi ang pagaantay
  • work_placework_place Member PEx Guru 🎖️🎖️
    Best Server din si Kim Fajardo ngayong Season 79
  • procastinator760procastinator760 Member PExer
    Finally! Sabi sa inyo worth the wait eh. Ang galing ng patribute na to guys. Thank you sa lahat ng nag effort for this tribute thread. Congrats for an excellent job! :handsdown:
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