‘Choosing La Salle was the best decision I made’ — Finals MVP Dawn Macandili

Dawn Macandili may be the smallest athlete in the La Salle line-up this season but today she just proved that in the sport of volleyball while height is might, it is the heart that matters.

Touted as one of the best libero in Asia after winning the second best libero in the 19th Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball championship, Macandili added a new accolade under her belt — the UAAP Season 80 Finals Most Valuable Player.

Along with this MVP title, Macandili also shared a momentous feat with the DLSU Lady Spikers as they scored another grand slam in the UAAP women’s volleyball.

Macandili was in disbelief as soon as the commentator called her name as the Finals MVP.

“Hindi scoring skill ‘yung position ko kaya nabigla ako,” Macandili, who had 21 excellent digs and 9 receptions, said.

The 5’0 libero also said that her decision to don the green and white jersey was the best decision she made thus far.

For her, it was not only the volleyball program of coach Ramil de Jesus that enticed her to choose La Salle, but also the character development the multi-titled coach endowed upon her.

“Siguro it’s the best decision I made na mag La Salle kasi hindi lang ‘yung skills ko ang nadevelop ni coach pati ‘yung character ko as a person inside and outside the court,” Macandili said.

“Thankful ako kina coach na dinevelop niya kaming mga players niya not only inside the court but also outside,” she added.

The Batangas native also shared that as soon as the last point during their match against pesky Far Eastern University was scored, everything was surreal.

“Sobrang nanghina na lang ako. Tinignan ko pa at dinouble check ko pa 26-24, tapos na. Tapos na ‘yung career ko sa college and lahat ng pinaghirapan talaga namin ay bawing bawi,” Macandili said.

As to her feeling after winning another championship to cap off her collegiate career, Dawn is nothing more but thankful.

“Sobrang iba siya kasi last playing year at malaki ang pressure. Kasi last year we were playing for Ate Kimmy [Fajardo] na sobrang relax lang, I’m playing without thinking of the consequences kasi may isa pa akong year,” she said.

Macandili added: “This year parang ang iniisip ko ay ‘yung team. Ano ‘yung gusto kong iwan sa team na ilolook back nila at maiisip nila kami. Thankfully naman na nabigay namin sa kanila.”

There will be no Macandili in the La Salle line-up next season, but Dawn is just confident that someone will fill in the void that she will leave.

“Mayroon naman. Maraming prospects like si CJ [Saga] at ‘yung mga aakyat from Senior High,” Macandili ended.