To begin Adamson’s match against UE on a Sunday afternoon at the MOA Arena, head coach JP Yude made a surprising move by including Barbie Jamili in the starting lineup, and she did not disappoint.

The Cebuana spiker displayed an impressive all-around performance, scoring 20 points and tallying 12 excellent digs.

“Iniisip ko po na opportunity po ‘yun na binigay ni coach (JP Yude) sa’kin, so kailangan ko pong ipakita ‘yung pinag-trainingan tsaka [suklian] ‘yung tiwala po nila sa’kin lalo na po ‘yung mga teammates ko,” Jamili said.

Jamili, however, admitted that nerves crept in when she learned about her first UAAP start. But, like all great players, she embraced the challenge and delivered.

“Masaya na kinakabahan po kasi iba na ‘yung level ng UAAP sa college kesa nung high school. Niyakap ko po ‘yung kaba,” the 5’5 outside hitter bared.

During the nail-biting moments of the game, Jamili repaid her team’s trust by answering the call.

“Gusto ko lang po tumulong sa team kung kailan po ako kailangan lalo na po pag crucial. Tapang lang po talaga tsaka kapit kasi andito naman po yung teammates ko para sa’kin,” she added.

After a promising start in the UAAP women’s division, Jamili vowed to steer clear of complacency and to intensify her efforts in practice for Adamson.

“Hindi po ako dapat maging kampante, dapat mag-double time and work hard [sa training] para po sa teammates ko.”