by Nica Rhiana Hanopol
It was UAAP Season 79 all over again.
Former and current DLSU setters Kim Fajardo and Michelle Cobb reunite yet again, but this time in the professional league at the Philippine Superliga Invitational 2018. Both are playing under the tutelage of collegiate coach Ramil de Jesus, who has been steering the coaching position for the F2 Logistics Cargo Movers since 2016.
While it is a whole lot of experience for Cobb playing in this kind of tournament, the 5-foot-4 setter said it would be a flashback since she will be playing again under the guidance of national team setter Fajardo.
“I feel confident kasi very strong foundation yung na-establish ni Ate Kim with the team. Now I’m working under her wings again and s’yempre, I get to lean a lot from her na naman,” said Cobb, who dished four excellent sets in her debut game with the Cargo Movers.
Per the new PSL rule to field in a different line-up in the second set, Cobb entered the set with her collegiate teammates Aduke Ogunsanya, Tine Tiamzon, Norielle Ipac, and Desiree Cheng, who are freshly-crowned champions of the UAAP Season 80.
The mostly DLSU-composed F2 Logistics team made quick work of Foton Tornadoes in straight sets, 25-21, 25-21, 25-14 in their debut game.
For Cobb, this would be an additional experience on her list given the higher-level competition and the veteran teams they will face.
“It feels great because I get to have a plus one on my experience list. Siyempre kasi PSL is a higher level competition tapos I get to play with veterans. Siyempre I get to learn a lot from them and also playing with my ates. It’s a whole different experience,” she said.
The older setter, Fajardo, is nothing short but praise for the younger Cobb. According to her, she is confident whenever Cobb will replace her because Cobb is equally talented.
“Alam mo ‘yung ma-fi-feel mo na kahit hindi ikaw ‘yung nasa loob, ‘yung papalit sa’yo okay din, parang magaling din,” said Fajardo, who carried out 18 excellent sets.
The reigning PSL Grand Prix best setter also said that she did not have to give any reminder to Cobb in her first game in the PSL.
“Siguro hindi na niya kailangan ‘yun. Napa-champion niya nga ‘yung La Salle so kaya niya ‘yun,” she said.