After a five-month rest from volleyball, setter Kim Fajardo finally returned to action during F2 Logistics’ sorry five-set beating from PLDT Home Fibr in the Philippine Superliga (PSL) All Filipino Conference 2019 yesterday.
The 25-year-old playmaker made her highly-anticipated comeback for the Cargo Movers after suffering from a fractured and dislocated right pinky finger in February.
Seeing limited action at first, the six-time PSL best setter was inserted at the latter part of the opening frame, replacing the young Mich Cobb who has been playing in lieu of her since the start of the conference.
The De La Salle alum then saw more minutes in the next sets, serving as court general for F2’s arsenal in Kalei Mau, Ara Galang, Majoy Baron, and Aby Maraño, who scored 28, 19, 18 and 12, respectively.
Fajardo managed to dish out 15 excellent sets on top of two points, producing half of her counterpart Jasmine Nabor’s 31.
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Prior to this, Fajardo last saw action in February during the PSL Grand Prix Conference before suffering from an injury.
She sustained the injury from a block attempt on opponent-turned-teammate Mau, who was still playing for the now-disbanded United Volleyball Club at the time of the incident.
Initial assessments suggested that Fajardo will be out for only two weeks but further test results showed that the setter needed longer recovery time, leading to almost half a year of absence.
Filling her shoes were Alex Cabanos, who helped F2 Logistics reached silver in the import-laden conference, and Cobb, who orchestrated the team’s offense in the ongoing conference en route to an 11-0 run before they absorbed back-to-back losses from Petron and PLDT.
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