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From La Salle to F2 Logistics: The making of a champion

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Maybe it’s safe to say that the squad of Coach Ramil de Jesus, DLSU Lady Spikers (UAAP) to F2 Logistics (PSL), is currently the best volleyball team in the league today.

It has been the seasoned coach’s year and first-ever PSL title after getting nine UAAP plums under his name, including Season 78 championship which he won along with Mika Reyes, Ara Galang, Kim Fajardo, Kim Dy, Dawn Macandili, Majoy Baron, Cyd Demecillo and Christine Soyud.

Aside from that, who would have forget the historic three-peat championship they had won for La Salle which was anchored by Cha Cruz, Paneng Mercado and Aby Maraño— a testament of how dominant this squad is in volleyball.

But really, what makes this team a champion?

It’s not questionable anymore of how promising the talent of La Salle-powered F2 Logistics is because we all know how lethal and smart Finals MVP Galang, Dy, Mercado and Cruz as a spiker. Plus, Best Middle Blocker Maraño, Reyes and Baron in the net were just scary for their opponents. Then add Fajardo and Macandili in the equation, already sounds perfect, right?

Well, quite but not yet because this team has a lot of secret weapon such as Demecillo who had been pivotal in their Game 3 win over Foton, scoring aces and smashing points. She scored six markers off the bench, including two service aces that add to Foton’s woes.

We all have seen how this team grew from generations to generations. From a prolific three-peat champs to a runner-up to Alyssa Valdez-anchored Ateneo for two seasons, they rose to the occasion and bring home the crown to Taft.

Now, they did it again, this time for their club team F2 Logistics. Three generations of champions from Cruz, Mercado and Maraño to Reyes, Galang, Demecillo and Fajardo and now to Dy, Baron, Macandili, and Soyud under one helm—Coach Ramil.

They have won many battles together, so many times, but they stumble in the middle creating a lot of heartbreaks and frustrations. But they got back, again, together and tried to slowly mend their hearts and learn from those downfalls until they reach the top again. They all did it together, for La Salle and for F2, with their number 1 believer—Coach Ramil.

The great Coach Ramil, we’ll just leave you to that.