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Adorador says Chery’s sacrifices toughened her up against Creamline spikers

BACARRA, ILOCOS NORTE – After years of heartbreak, Shaya Adorador can finally herself a winner. 

Opting to stay with UE despite numerous offers from other schools, the 23-year-old remained at the bottom of the UAAP standings throughout her collegiate career. She eventually finished with a total of four wins in 70 games.

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When she made her way to the semi-pros, Adorador joined a Foton squad that was coming off a Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix victory the year before. However, they failed to gain footing after that.

But on Friday night, the tides finally changed for Adorador. On that very same evening, the 5-foot-8 outside hitter played the game of her life. And she aided the Crossovers in clinching the first-ever professional volleyball title in the Philippines.

The pride of Leon, Iloilo finished with five points along with a series-high 36 excellent receptions to help Chery Tiggo mount a huge come-from behind-win over Creamline, 23-25, 20-25, 25-21, 25-23, 15-8, in the Game Three of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference finals.

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“Unang-una, siyempre nagpapasalamat ako kay God na binigyan Niya kami ng lakas ng loob para ilaban talaga ‘to hanggang dulo,” expressed Adorador, who averaged 7.6 points, four digs, and 18.6 receptions per game in the best-of-three finals.

“Kami na magkakasama simula’t sapul, ginawa lang namin inspirasyon ‘yung bawat isa, ‘yung mga pinaghirapan namin simula’t simula. Kaya siguro ‘yun ‘yung naging center. Bukod kay God, ‘yun talaga ‘yung naging center namin para i-push ‘yung championship na ‘to,” added Adorador.

Adorador, who came from an unheralded program unlike her peers, was just glad to gain the trust of everyone in the squad. That then allowed her to bring out her best in the biggest stage of her very young career.

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“Ewan ko kung alam nung mga teammates ko ‘yun. pero grabe ‘yung tiwala na binibigay nila… [‘Yung bigay] namin sa isa’t isa,” said the former Philippine women’s national team pool member.

“Si Buding [Duremdes] na kasama ko sa likod para dumipensa at mag-receive, hindi madali ‘yun para sa’min. Pero nakikita namin ‘yung tiwala ng mga mamamalo namin na binibigay nila sa aming dalawa. Kaya what more na hindi namin ilalabas ‘yung strength namin na ‘yun.”

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