PVL: The face of Bicol volleyball
ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 26, 2018 08:07 PM
Lady Oragon Grazielle Bombita of Iriga-Navy feels good whenever she’s told, which is quite often, that she inspires the Bicolano youths to strive for excellence in their chosen sport.
Seen on national television in her three years of participation in the Sports Vision-organized V League, Grazielle Bombita, 27, of Camarines Sur, is now considered the face of women’s volleyball in the Bicol Region.
And why not?
Bombita is playing again in the ongoing Premier Volleyball League after appearing for the first time this year with Iriga-Navy in the Reinforced Conference.
Her fellow Bicolanos are again seeing a lot of her on ABS-CBN’s S+A and LIGA channels as her team, owned and managed by Iriga City Mayor Madelaine Alfelor-Gazmen, tangles with the star-studded squads from Manila in the nation’s groundbreaking professional league in women’s volleyball that has spawned what now are the superstar and stars of the sport.
Now, Mayor Alfelor-Gazmen reveals, every girl in Bicol is dreaming of becoming another Bombita playing in a nationally-telecast major league in Manila.
“Nakaka-proud po na nai-inspire ko ang mga kabataan sa aming region na maging mahusay sa pinili nilang sport tulad ng volleyball para makapag-aral din nang libre at makapaglaro sa malaking liga sa Maynila tulad ko,” says Bombita, who finished college with a degree in business administration.
Bombita adds that she’s already used to be approached by Bicolanos of every age and gender for selfies. “Pero nahihiya pa rin ako kapag hinihingan ng autograph.”
She has high hopes for the Lady Oragons in the PVL final tournament for the season.
“Mas may teamwork kami ngayon,” she explains, “may communication sa loob ng court, at mas may determinasyon na gawin ang ginagawa namin sa training kapag naglalaro na.”She cites that the Lady Oragons had a tendency in the past to disintegrate in the crucial part of a game. “Nakikipagsabayan kami sa kalaban o lumalamang pa sa kanila pero hindi kami makatawid sa dulo. This time inaasahan ko po na naka-get over na kami sa ganitong sitwasyon.”