Maddie Madayag is one of the hottest recruits after her tenure at Ateneo de Manila University ended in May.
Madayag steered the Lady Eagles to their third UAAP championship on her final playing year, when she also snagged the second Best Middle Blocker plum highlighted by a record-setting 11 blocks in single-game performance.
Tall, powerful and mean at the net, the 21-year old middle blocker is a surefire gem to whichever team she suits up for. Reportedly two teams from Philippine SuperLiga (PSL) showed interests in acquiring her services.
Sta. Lucia and the now-disbanded United Volleyball Club reportedly offered the two-time UAAP gold medalist a spot in their respective teams.
Madayag was later on announced as the skipper of the newly-formed Choco Mucho in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL).
Madayag and the Flying Titans debuted in the 2019 PVL Open Conference, where they will eventually settle for seventh place out of nine teams.
Another opportunity for Madayag to play in the PSL taraflex came when the national team was announced to be competing in the PSL Super Cup as part of its preparations for the forthcoming 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
But days prior to the opening salvo of the three-day tourney, Madayag was reportedly skipping the stint along with Alyssa Valdez and Jia Morado.
Surprising the fans, Madayag was seen in tricolors jersey during the opening day — and she remained in the PSL until the end of the week-long tournament.
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It was a welcome development not only for PSL fans but also for the national team who has often experienced incomplete lineup during trainings and competitions abroad.
In her short stint in the league — only played four full sets out of five — she managed 11 points built mostly on attacks, averaging 2.2 points per set.
Her connection with Rhea Dimaculangan, the lone setter during the tourney, was pretty impressive considering the short period of time they have spent together on court.
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But while her numbers may not be as high as expected, it was Madayag’s commitment to the national team amid playing in a rival league that is really commendable.
Madayag crossing the bridge between the two leagues for the sake of the country further solidify that she, indeed, is worthy of her place in the national team.
Madayag does not need the national team; the national team needs players like her.
(Image from Facebook/Philippine SuperLiga)