PVL: Gervacio reminds Ateneo fans who she is
Mark Escarlote on Oct 07, 2018 08:51 PM
Dzi Gervacio showed her vintage form in BanKo's straight set victory over Ateneo-Motolite.
“I don’t think they know me anymore, hahaha!”
BanKo hitter Dzi Gervacio joked when reporters asked her about playing against her former college team backed by a huge partisan crowd inside the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Gervacio and the rest of the BanKo Perlas Spikers on Sunday not only faced a young and determined Ateneo-Motolite crew but also the loud, cheering Lady Eagles fans that watched two unbeaten teams go at it for the solo lead in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference.
But it was Gervacio who had the last laugh after leading BanKo to a straight set 27-25, 25-19, 25-11 win to remain unbeaten in four outings.
The power hitter, who helped build the Lady Eagles’ following during her days with Ateneo as part of the legendary ‘Fab 5’ with Ferrer, Gretchen Ho, Fille Cainglet-Cayetano and A Nacachi, reminded the fans of who she was as she poured 14 points with all but one coming off kills.
And her performance was enough to silence the crowd.
“Ah ganito pala ‘pag kalaban mo ‘yung kakampi ng crowd,” said Gervacio, who is averaging 16.75 points per game. “Grabe they were so loud pero siyempre you can’t focus on that, siyempre focus ka lang sa game.”
Gervacio’s game is a testament of her dedication to embrace the role given to her by head coach Dong dela Cruz.
“Kasi sinabihan ko siya na dapat mag-lead talaga siya,” said Dela Cruz. “Hindi naman na siya lahat, ang ano kasi namin going into this tournament dapat lahat mag-contribute kasi wala naman kaming star players eh. It just so happen na si Dzi siguro kinukuha niya ang responsibility bilang go-to player ngayon.”
The mentor praised Gervacio’s game against the new generation of Ateneo volleybelles.
“Siyempre may gustong patunayan siguro bilang senior. Siguro gusto niya na ang mga bata gayahin sila, yung winning attitude nila,” he said. “Siguro ganoon nga na i-challenge mga bata na dapat mag-strive kayo. Ito naman preparation nila para sa UAAP ang ginagawa namin.”
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