PVL: Multi-awarded setters call shots for debuting Petro Gazz Angels
ABS-CBN Sports on May 23, 2018 12:13 PM
Two former best setter awardees from the UAAP and NCAA – Chi Saet and Djanel Cheng (third and second from right, respectively, kneeling) – are providing the edge for coach Jerry Yee (extreme left, standing} and the PetroGazz Angels. (Photo by Eileen Araza)
Chi Saet and Djanel Cheng may be a bit on the heavy side by volleyball standards, but that hasn't stopped them from performing well.
Just like any other worthy player, they jump to make a block or run after a wayward ball to keep it alive or dive if need be to save what seems to be an irretrievable ball.
And they are simply wonderful when they do what they know best, make excellent set after excellent set for their attacking teammates. Remember this in volleyball: a good setter makes her very reliable spikers even better.
Brilliant setting skills are what Saet and Cheng bring to the table for the debuting Petro Gazz Angels and coach Jerry Yee in the ongoing Premier Volleyball League.
Between them, Saet, who played for La Salle in the UAAP, and Cheng, who suited up for the College of St. Benilde Lady Blazers in the NCAA, had amassed a total of 16 individual awards and team championships.
Calling the shots for powerhouse La Salle then, the more veteran Saet collected three best setter awards and three championship medals in the UAAP. She proceeded to take part for different teams in the V Leagues where she distinguished herself with four more best setter honors and three team titles.
Cheng has two best setter awards and one championship in the NCAA under her belt. She is as capable as Saet whenever she is called to duty by coach Yee.
Stephanie Mercado, daughter of former Asia’s sprint queen Lydia de Vega, and imports Anastasia Trach of Ukraine and Kadi Kullerkann of Estonia are now leading the offensive charge of the Angels.
The other members of the team are: Rachel Anne Austero, Mendrez, Ranya Musa, Maricar Nepomuceno, Rica Jane Enclona, Alyssa Layug, Wensh Tiu and Cienne Cruz.
Arnold Laniog and Jay Joseph Chua, assistant coaches; and Rod Ann Oriel.