Ruel Sarnejo: A War­rior on a mis­sion

Cebu Daily News - - SPORTS - /BRIAN

PLAY­ING his fi­nal year with the Univer­sity of San Car­los (USC) boys’ vol­ley­ball team, Ruel Sarnejo is do­ing his best to make sure he is go­ing out with a bang.

The 18-year-old Sarnejo is among the key fig­ures of coach Jon­rey Sas­ing’s squad that is look­ing to re­tain the Ce­safi high school vol­ley­ball ti­tle on Satur­day af­ter­noon against the Univer­sity of South­ern Philip­pines Foun­da­tion (USPF).

The best-of-three se­ries is tied at 1-1, which means the win­ner of the rub­ber­match takes home the ti­tle.

Sarnejo hopes that it will be his team that emerges on top so he could com­plete his mis­sion.

“My goal is to leave some­thing that my team will be proud of [so that I can] in­spire them more to work hard ev­ery train­ing,” said Sarnejo, who is from Car­reta in Cebu City.

Iron­i­cally, Sarnejo is play­ing in the fi­nals against a fa­mil­iar foe as he has played four years with USPF be­fore trans­fer­ring to USC last sea­son.

But it will take more than just fa­mil­iar­ity to beat a team like USPF.

“We need team­work, trust and faith in God,” Sarnejo said.

Asked what he feels go­ing into the fi­nal game with the USC boys’ team, Sarnejo said he has mixed emo­tions.

“I feel happy and sad at the same time. Sad be­cause it will be the last time that I will be play­ing with my team. Happy be­cause I know I have shared some­thing to them and I have built not only friend­ship but also a fam­ily,” he said. “I will surely miss the bond of the team. All the ex­pe­ri­ence we had to­gether, and the coach­ing staff [who] helped me de­velop my skills.”

Sarnejo, though, won’t be miss­ing the USC spirit as he has his eyes set on play­ing for the school’s men’s team next.

“I will con­tinue to play at USC,” Sarnejo said.

CDN PHOTO/LITO TECSON

Ruel Sarnejo (9) of Univer­sity of San Car­los de­fends the net in Game 2 of the Ce­safi boys’ vol­ley­ball fi­nals at the USPF gym.

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