All fired up: John Vic De Guzman of the CSB Blazers
Ceej Tantengco on Dec 10, 2015 04:59 PM
“Isang week lang kami nagpahinga bago magsimula ulit ng training,”
Last season, the College of Saint Benilde Blazers made the finals of the NCAA Men’s Volleyball Tournament for the first time in seven years. Though they fell short against the EAC Generals, the Blazers’ confidence surged—as did their desire to bring home the trophy this Season 91.
“Isang week lang kami nagpahinga bago magsimula ulit ng training,” shares team captain John Vic De Guzman. “Lahat kami, nag-improve sa skills at sa teamwork.”
There’s a lot of responsibility riding on John Vic’s shoulders. With four out of their Season 90 starters no longer returning for Season 91, JV (as John Vic is known to his friends) is tasked with leading a young squad.
“Ito na ‘yung chance nila para mag-shine,” says the Human Resources Management student. “Masaya ako kasi nakikita ko sa kanila ‘yung eagerness, ‘yung pagiging sobrang competitive, at mas mature na rin sila.”
For his own part, JV is a consistent force in the Blazers’ squad. In their win against the Lyceum of the Philippines Pirates last Tuesday, he unleashed a match-high 21 points while also leading the team’s defensive effort.
The competitive spirit comes naturally to JV, who hails from a family of athletes. Basketball, volleyball, and taekwondo are usual topics at the dinner table. JV himself started out playing badminton, a similarly fast-paced game, before discovering he had a knack for volleyball. He never looked back.
With JV’s combination of natural athleticism, work ethic and drive to win, it’s no wonder that the Blazers’ head coach Arnold Laniog has high praise for his boyish team captain.
“Since the time na ni-recruit namin siya sa Laguna, mayroon na siyang fire sa sarili niya,” says Laniog. “Hindi siya kailangang sabihan. Hindi siya magpapatalo pagdating sa court.”
Now, JV directs that fire towards securing the best possible ending for his college career: a much-awaited championship for the CSB Blazers.
“Sana ito na nga,” says JV.
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