De La Salle setter Michelle Cobb foregoes last UAAP playing year

Published April 26, 2022, 1:39 PM

by Carlo Anolin

De La Salle setter Michelle Cobb won’t be seeing action in the UAAP next month after opting to forego her last playing year.

Michelle Cobb (Michell Cobb’s Instagram)

Cobb, a two-time UAAP champion, announced the development via Instagram on Monday, April 25 just 10 days before the women’s volleyball tournament returns on May 5.

“My journey has been crazy and beautiful at the same time. Ultimately, it has been quite an eventful (two) years and I have made the decision to not continue with collegiate volleyball,” wrote Cobb, who made her UAAP debut in Season 79.

“I will definitely miss the energy and all the love na wala talagang kupas. One thing is for sure though, once a Lady Spiker, always a Lady Spiker. Good (vibes) lang,” she added with one last “Animo La Salle” cheer on the caption.

The 5-foot-4 playmaker had two championships during the Lady Spikers’ campaigns in Seasons 79 and 80.

As a sophomore in Season 80, Cobb filled the void left by renowned setter Kim Fajardo and delivered as a starter en route to De La Salle’s 11th UAAP title.

Come Season 81, Cobb became a veteran in no time but fell short at the hands of University of Santo Tomas in the playoffs.

Her 82nd season was shortened due to the Covid-19 pandemic even as the remainder of the season was canceled before the country experienced its first lockdown or Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).

“The UAAP was just a dream for the 10-year-old me. It was a stage any young volleyball player would’ve wanted to step on. Coming into DLSU, all I had was a chance,” wrote the 23-year-old Cobb.

“Holding on to that opportunity regardless of the height requirement. Setting aside the “disadvantages”, working twice as much and dedicating my whole self to the sport I learned to love made all the difference,” she added.

Cobb also took time to thank her coaches and teammates in the green and white for the trust and support for the past four seasons in the UAAP.