More than just being extraordinary, Kim Kianna Dy or “KKD” as every UAAP volleyball fan would like to call her, shares with MEG why she is one of the most powerful women not just in court, but life in general.
Kianna was the second of 7 sibs; 4 sisters and 2 brothers. Before her volleyball career started, she was searching for additional curricular athletic activities to pull in her enthusiasm outside of the typical classroom routine. Kianna then decided to try out track and field, but during her first tournament, rain started pouring outside and the game got cancelled. She thought, “that was it? The game is canceled just because of a little rain?” She realized that the sport wasn’t for her.
Kianna is a fighter – a little shortcoming can’t stop her from playing.
Being in a big family with six other siblings, teasing each other became a typical thing in their household. Her brothers used to call her “tagapulot lang ng bola” aka, a ball girl. That motivated her to go for the goal despite difficult hurdles along the way.
“I pushed myself to become better. I wanted to prove something. When I worked harder, na-realize ko na I started loving the sport and then tuloy-tuloy na siya hanggang sa college,” Kianna told Meg.
“Kasi noong grade school ako, ‘di ko masyadong sineryoso kasi I just wanted to join a sport. Parang for the thrill na you’re playing with a jersey.”
Alongside the sibling-love she has with sisters and brothers, Kianna also shared with Meg what it’s like inside the Dy household: “It’s fun. Ang daming kausap, daming kalaro, and malapit lang yung age gaps namin so we get along.”
CONQUERING THE HEIGHTS OF THE STUDENT-ATHLETE LIFE
Outspoken, smart, resilient. and an all-around lady. These are the traits that define the Kim Kianna Dy. The De La Salle University Lady Spiker may be powerful in the court, but what stands out most about her is her personality.
A student-athlete life isn’t as easy as one would think it would be. While most people think that being an athlete lets you get away with schoolwork and activities, even their training and games don’t exempt them from their responsibilities as a student. Because of that, Kianna’s biggest enemy is time management.
“You have to sacrifice a lot of things – your family, your friends, social life. Put that in mind when you want to become a student-athlete, especially sa team na alam mong mahirap ‘yung training,” she said. “I think sa five years ko being a student-athlete, I missed out on the college-student life. Pero, no regrets. I love my five years in La Salle.”
With the never-ending dilemmas she had to face, she confessed to Meg that communication with her friends and family became a challenge. Nevertheless, she always does her best to make time to reach out with her loved ones. “If there’s time, spend it with them. Like the little time that I have, I make sure that I spend it with my family, my friends.”
What’s one thing you’d never expect from Kianna?
She’s a crybaby.
“Iyakin ako.” She told Meg. “Mababa ‘yung luha ko. Like for example, I see someone crying lang, naiiyak na rin ako. I don’t even know why they’re sad tapos pag nakita ko, maiiyak na rin ako.”
But crying isn’t a form of weakness. In fact, Kianna’s soft side made her one of the strongest women we know today.
HARD COURT PRINCESS
She was UAAP Season 78’s MVP, a 3-time defending champion alongside her team, and one of the best scorers in the volleyball field. Every player has his or her own skill set, but for Kianna, spiking was her favorable move.
“When the team needs a point, I make sure that I deliver.” She said, still thinking of her teammates while answering, “Pag crucial, kailangan ako magstep up kasi other teammates look up to us – ‘yung mga seniors, me, Dawn, Ate Joy. We have to show them na hindi kami magpapatalo para they’ll do the same.”
When the going gets tough, the tough gets going.
“You have to manage your time wisely. ‘Yung mga hindi kailangan na bigyan ng time ‘wag muna bigyan ng time like ‘yung mga party – syempre as discipline na ‘yon sa sarili mo. You have to use your time wisely. Also be patient syempre not everything’s gonna go your way but, you have to keep pushing and work harder.”
“I’ve never wanted to give up on life but I almost did in volleyball. Entering La Salle, I knew madaming magagaling na players eh, so it’s really gonna be hard to have playing time. Pero nasanay na kasi ako na starter ako nung high school and then coming in to college, I was back to the bench on my first year and second year. Then third year, I was thinking, ‘is this sport really for me?’”
She confessed that she felt like her full potential wasn’t being used. “Hindi naman ako nagagamit, it felt like I was wasting my time, sacrificing my studies.”
Being an athlete means having to be patient until the right time comes for you to shine. What Kianna felt, she was sure that all athletes, at some point, felt the same.
But that was about the start, until her one of her coaches approached her. “Third year ako, hindi ako ginamit nung first round until the Ateneo game. Kinausap ako ng coach ko. He said, ‘don’t worry your time will come,’ so na-motivate ako, na-inspire ako i-push pa ‘yung sarili ko.” She said.
Life has its ups and down. Of course, despite the difficulties KKD experienced, she still tries to remember all the happy moments in her life. Kianna shared that her biggest life achievement would be getting her first championship with DLSU. It was a happy and surreal moment for her because she played and poured her heart out for La Salle that time. Not to mention that it was the season she claimed her first MVP title.
Our #WomanCrushWednesday this week continues to inspire us to keep chasing our dreams and to never let any obstacles stop us from doing what we love. We’re excited to see what life has in store for Kim Kianna Dy!