Amidst all the booming spikes that thundered inside the Adamson Gym over the weekend, it was the deft hands and smart playmaking of Chenae Basarte that stood out.
Thus, the Hope Christian High School standout was named the Most Valuable Player of the Akari National Finals.
Basarte, the younger sister of UP’s Mae, was in a class of her own during the National Finals, successfully orchestrating Hope’s vaunted attack and making full use of her bevy of spikers in Mycah Go, Irah Jaboneta, Princess Maulana, Ethan Arce and Corrine Apostol.
“We’ve been seeing her do this for a long time. She is such a mature setter who knows the opponent’s defense and her attackers very well,” said lead organizer Josiah Albelda.
Basarte, who was also named Akari Metro Manila MVP, also contributed through her service and blocking — two factors that helped Hope fend off tough Holy Rosary College in the championship round.
Unfortunately for would-be recruiters, Basarte is still in Grade 9, at least three years away from strutting her stuff in the collegiate ranks.
Fret not, however, as you will see this wily playmaker make defenses guess and fall for her traps in high school leagues all around the metro.
Finishing second and third to Basarte was HRC spitfire Trisha Mae Genesis and Basarte’s Hope teammate, Go.