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UP spiker turning heads

For Isabel Molde, she would rather face the toughest team in the fold than face the camera.

But with back-to-back scintillating games in the early going of the Shakey’s V-League Season 12 Reinforced Conference, the University of the Philippines’ prized find couldn’t help but oblige to the obligatory TV interview accorded the best player of each match.

“I don’t feel nervous whenever I play, but I do whenever I’m interviewed on TV,” said the soft-spoken 17-year-old Cebuana who came through with an impressive 17-hit performance, helping the Lady Maroons rally past the Navy Lady Sailors, 19-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-23, last Oct. 10.

That netted the 5-6 1/2 Physical Education student the game’s top player honors then dished out another 15-point output in a 25-20, 25-22, 27-25 win over Coast Guard to emerge the first player to cop back-to-back Player of the Game honors in the season-ending conference of the country’s premier women’s volley league sponsored by Shakey’s.

“No one as young as this girl from Cebu has ever debuted in our tournament with such a strong impact. She is definitely another star in the making in the mold, pardon the pun, of superstar Alyssa Valdez of Ateneo,” said Ricky Palou, president of the organizing Sports Vision.