Holy Family Academy had to endure tough challenges on their way to the Central Luzon championship. But behind all the turbulence they had to go through, Raven Dayrit became the calming presence for the Angeles City-based squad.
Eager to prove themselves after bowing out of the City Meet contentions, coach Abel Nunag’s girls came out strong in Day 1, breezing through Group A on their way to the playoffs. But with their fellow Central Luzon powerhouses standing in their way in Day 2, HFA had to go through several close games en route to the Last Dance.
“Kumapit lang kami, mahirap kasi malakas talaga sila pero naniwala lang kami na kaya talaga namin,” Dayrit, who is the leg’s Most Valuable Player, told Akari Sports.
In the Finals, underdogs Juan R. Liwag Memorial High School were able to push them to the limit, but Dayrit and the rest of HFA proved to be the steadier side to snatch a hard-fought 25-13, 25-27, 25-16, 29-27 win.
“Hindi ko po inexpect na maging MVP kasi ginawa ko lang naman po kung ano matutulong ko sa team ko. Binigay ko lang talaga ang best ko,” Dayrit, who is graduating after this school year, said.
“Sobrang driven po namin especially dahil ito na ‘yung one of the last games na lalaruin ko as a high school player.”
Like any other aspiring volleyball player, Dayrit also dreams of playing under the bright lights of Manila’s premiere collegiate leagues.
“Pangarap ko po talaga makapaglaro sa UAAP at NCAA. Pangarap naman po ng lahat ‘yun.”