PVL: Hard work in training pays off, I guess -- Ateneo's Gandler
Mark Escarlote on Nov 04, 2018 09:34 PM
In high school, I kinda played all positions kasi I just kept going around. Open is not really a new thing to me -- Vanessa Gandler
Ateneo-Motolite rookie Vanessa Gandler is embracing her role with the Lady Eagles despite the challenge of playing in a different position.
The De La Salle-Zobel recruit slid to open spiker from playing in the middle during her high school days, but the 17-year old volleybelle is still delivering the goods for the Lady Eagles in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference.
“Feels good, hard work in training pays off, I guess,” said Gandler, who is fitting in perfectly under head coach Oliver Almadros’ system.
Gandler is averaging 7.8 points per game and is the fourth leading scorer for league-leading Ateneo-Motolite behind veterans Kat Tolentino, Bea De Leon and Maddie Madayag.
“In high school, I kinda played all positions kasi I just kept going around. Open is not really a new thing to me,” said Gandler, who scored 12 points in the Lady Eagles’ 25-17, 25-19, 25-22, win over Iriga-Navy on Sunday as Ateneo-Motolite secured at least a playoff for a semifinal berth with a 9-2 win-loss slate. “I just trust whatever position Coach O gives me.”
Playing for one of the country’s most popular collegiate teams, Gandler admitted that expectations will be high especially for newcomers like her.
“Well, I felt the pressure ever since the start because being the only rookie on the court always is kinda pressuring,” she said. “But, I guess we always train and Coach O trains us to always be mentally tough. I don't want to let my team down.”
With the Lady Eagles now in the final stretch of the elimination round, Gandler looks to take the opportunity to improve her game especially in reception.
“I didn't really receive much back in high school,” she said. “Coach O would always make sure that we do the right thing in every training. He just tells us to put the ball up. It doesn't have to be perfect, it just has to be good.”
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