With the finals ticket already in their pockets, Juan R. Liwag Memorial High School’s celebration turned to muffled silence as their star spiker Rachelle Roldan went down to an ankle injury.
The graduating spiker had to be rushed to the hospital for treatment but Roldan, being the fighter that she is, showed up in time to play against Holy Family Academy in the Finals.
“Nagkamali lang ako ng landing,” Roldan explained on her injury she sustained against their elimination round tormentors Jose Rizal Institute.
Visibly playing hurt in the finals, Roldan did not heed the doctor’s advice not to play to avoid aggravating her injury.
In fact, she kept her team in the game against tournament favorites HFA in a heart-stopping four-setter.
“Hindi po ako pinayagan ng doctor pero pinilit ko lang talaga para sa team namin,” Roldan, who was the tournament’s best open spiker, told Akari Sports during the awarding ceremony.
Despite coming short of winning it all, Roldan believes that she has done enough to help her team.
“Kay God po ako kumuha ng moitvation para sa team namin, para sa mga tumutulong sa amin, para sa parents ko,” Roldan, who is being courted by several NCAA and UAAP schools, shared.
HFA ran away with a hard-fought 25-13, 25-27, 25-16, 29-27, but the crowd recognized Roldan’s efforts with cheers from both sides of the audience.
“Binigay ko naman ang best ko pero wala po talaga eh, hindi siguro talaga para sa amin ‘yung game na ‘yun,” Roldan said.