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