Reserves Dy, Macandili ready to help PHI in any way possible
Kung sa reserve, magtsi-cheer ako sa team ko. Kung palaruin ako, maglalaro ako with all my heart -- PHI team libero Dawn Macandili
BINAN CITY, Laguna –-- There’s no role too small for reserve players Kim Dy and Dawn Macandili.
With their inclusion in the main team that will see action in the 29th Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games still hanging in the air depending of the decision of Philippine national team head coach Francis Vicente, the De La Salle University players are ready to help in any way they can.
The Philippine squad flies to Malaysia on Saturday and will take on Malaysia and Vietnam in the group stage starting August 21.
“Well, being a reserve, I’ll contribute pa rin whatever, sa cheer or kahit ano na puwede kong maitulong,” said Dy on Thursday after the Pinays closed its campaign in the 19th AVC Asian Senior Women's Volleyball Championship at 8th place after absorbing a 20-25, 16-25, 25-21, 25-21, 3-15 defeat against Kazakhstan at the Alonte Sports Arena here.
Macandili was impressive the whole campaign and even took over the role of veteran defense specialist Denden Lazaro, who is still nursing a hamstring injury.
The 2016 Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference Most Valuable Player had her shining moment during the PHI’s 27-25, 26-24, 17-25, 25-23, upset win over 2015 SEA Games silver medal winner Vietnam.
Macandili was all over the floor, diving for the ball in a 19-dig and 12-excellent reception outing.
But Macandili, like Dy, will have to wait if they’ll be tapped to join the PHI’s Final 12.
“Wala pa naman (nagpag-uusapan). Kasama ako as reserve,” she said. “Ready naman ako kung saan ako ilagay ni coach.”
“Kung sa reserve, magtsi-cheer ako sa team ko. Kung palaruin ako, maglalaro ako with all my heart,” added Macandili, who is in her first stint in the national team. “Siguro ang bagal nang pag-peak ko since nga nag-adjust pa ako. Siguro naman sa next tournament namin, dapat kong gawing adjustment is mag-adjust ako agad from the start of the game pa lang.”
While Macandili was given a chance to prove his case to get a spot for he biennial meet, Dy had limited exposure.
The reserve utility, who replaced Rachel Anne Daquis after the veteran hitter withdrew her participation with the squad for personal reasons, saw little action during the ASWC campaign.
Dy played in just two sets in a relief role in the host team’s win against Hong Kong and scored one point in a straight sets loss to Kazakhstan in the opening round. She was benched in a loss to South Korea and didn’t play in the Philippines' historic win against Vietnam.
The two-time Asian Senior national team member skipped the squad’s quarterfinals loss to Thailand because of school exams. Dy played one set against Chinese-Taipei in a scoreless outing before ending her stint with three points in four sets of playtime in a lost cause against the Kazakhs.
“Basta I’ll always be behind the team. Maglaro man or hindi I’ll be there for them,” Dy said.
The PHI team can replace an injured regular player by notifying the SEA Games organizers during the technical meeting before the competition proper.
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