By Mariel Abanes
Michelle Cobb has set a name for herself in the volleyball scene. After the college junior’s excellent run in the last UAAP season as the DLSU Lady Archers’ new setter, it’s safe to say that she’s already stepped out of the shadow of their volleybelle extraordinaire, Kim Fajardo. Blazing through the court like the power player that she is, Michelle is ready to face the league once again.
We can trace her volleyball beginnings back when she was in 5th grade. The sport was part of their P.E. class which eventually led her to join her school’s intramurals. Michelle then signed up for St. Scholastica College’s lineup of players, preparing her for the bigger games in the collegiate field. Now, the proud Taft resident will play a vital role and has bigger shoes to fill in for the upcoming season.
Despite being consistently in the public eye, the 19-year-old keeps her focus on that one big goal—that is, the actual match. “It’s natural for a player to feel pressured. What matters is I’m being myself, doing my responsibility, and making sure that I always give my 100% in everything I do,” she explains. Their team’s 3-peat championship title is sure a lot to take in, but Michelle tries to retain her composure, citing it as the key to achieve her A-game on the court.
Apart from her seniors, who Michelle refers to as some of her motivators, the Behavioral Sciences major says that self-motivation gives her the “fire.” “At the end of the day, all I have is myself. I'm still the only one who can make things happen in my life,” she adds. Even if the going gets tough, she puts in confidence and believes in herself—the strengths and weaknesses, capabilities and shortcomings, Michelle embraces all that. This could be her secret superpower, and it’s not hard to see how she’s able to sashay her way to another championship with the kind of mindset the DLSU setter carries on her shoulders.
Her plate is full, and if anything, the challenge of keeping everything on its proper place in her life is what feeds her character. Michelle acknowledges the struggles that come with being a student-athlete, but she’s able to take everything step by step. “Or if not, I take on them all at once and make sure I don’t leave anything or anyone behind,” she emphasizes.
“As of now, I’m just enjoying the ride of life. But of course, my goal is to keep improving and make myself better everyday,” the Lady Archer shares. She also hopes to inspire future athletes. Michelle trusts in hard work, a trait she got from her parents, and wishes to instill to the young ones that nothing worth having comes easy.
It will be months before volleyball season returns, and until then, we’ll look out for the surprises that this star player prepares when she’s back with her ball on the court.
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