Being a college athlete has its perks, specially when sporting activities conflicts with school duties. De La Salle’s star senior spiker Des Cheng, for example, had to miss her graduation ceremony to play in the team’s victory against University of the Philippines, according to Spin.ph. Her decision turned out to be effective, as her team, current UAAP’s defending champions, won the game 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 26-24), with Cheng scoring 10 points.
Here is what Cheng had to say about missing her graduation:
“Obviously, it’s priorities really. This is the UAAP, if it was a minor competition, maybe I would’ve attended. It was worth it, the team had a good game. It is a double celebration, it is my graduation, and we won. Everything is good, it’s okay really, no big deal. I’ll be back in school tomorrow anyways.” (NOTE: Cheng, who graduated as a sports manager, has enrolled in the University’s Master program).
UAAP’s Season 79 Finals Most Valuable Player, Cheng almost gave up on volleyball early into her career due to various knee injuries. Now fully recovered, she also plays professionally for F2 Logistics Cargo Movers, with which she won the 2017 Philippine SuperLiga Grand Prix. She is joined in the club by another De La Salle Lady Spikers Legend, setter Kim Fajardo.