Choco Mucho middle blocker thanked head coach Dante Alinsunurin for giving her the opportunity to redeem herself almost two years after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) on her left knee, Saturday night.
Madayag, who already made her comeback in the Reinforced Conference as a service specialist, started her first game since injuring her knee during the 2021 Open Conference in the Ilocos Norte bubble and delivered her best game so far.
“I’m very happy na binigyan ako ni Coach Dante ng opportunity for my redemption kasi ang tagal nung recovery ko. Sobrang sakit ng pagkabagsak ko non and sobrang saya lang na nakabawi ako ngayong game,” said Madayag after the victory.
The 2018 PVL Open Conference Best Middle Blocker finished with 11 points on nine attacks, an ace, and a block to lead the Flying Titans’ 25-15, 25-20, 25-20 debut win over Akari in the 2023 Premier Volleyball League All-Filipino Conference.
Madayag, who is one of the four double-digit scorers for Choco Mucho, said that the Flying Titans’ performance against the Chargers is a testament that Alinsunurin’s system is working for them.
“Hindi ko naman iniisip na yung POG.
“Siyempre kahit anong way na I can contribute to the team gagawin ko naman kung sa blocking, kung magli-lead ba ng team okay lang, plus points na lang na POG kami,” added the 24-year-old middle blocker.
“Ibig sabihin mas gumagana yung sistema na gustong i-apply ni Coach Dante sa amin,” she added.
Next Thursday, Madayag and the Flying Titans will go up against their former head coach Oliver Almadro and his Petro Gazz Angels at 6:30 PM.
The 5-foot-11 middle blocker, though, downplayed the upcoming matchup and said that Choco Mucho will focus on what they can control.
“But siyempre hindi kami titigil sa game na ‘to, tuluy-tuloy pa rin,” said Madayag.
“Good terms naman kami nila Coach O. Excited kaming makita rin kung paano siya mag-grow as a coach and kung paano yung sistema nila kung may adjustments ‘man o wala, pero ayun focus muna kami sa galaw namin sa loob ng court.”