PVL: Panaga accepts new challenge with PetroGazz
Mark Escarlote on Dec 17, 2018 03:25 PM
Hindi ‘yun pressure kasi nu’ng sinabi ni coach yun parang mas natsa-challenge pa ako na panibagong challenge ‘to. Kailangan may gawin ako na something na magi-improve ako and mag-grow ako as a player -- Jeanette Panaga
New recruit Jeanette Panaga vows to bring to PetroGazz the same intensity and tenacity she displayed with her former club that won her accolades in the past.
PetroGazz head coach Jerry Yee and the Angels formally welcomed the three-time Best Blocker winner Sunday during the team’s press conference and thanksgiving event after a very productive debut in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2.
“Na-fortify niya ang middle namin,” said Yee, whose squad finished fourth in the recently concluded Open Conference. “What’s expected of her? Siyempre ‘yung award winning talent niya. ‘Yung pagiging Best Blocker niya, ‘yun talaga ang makakatulong.”
Panaga played for Pocari Sweat for two years and helped the Lady Warriors capture the 2017 Reinforced Conference crown and a runnerup in last year’s Open Conference. The former College of St. Benilde standout collected three Best Blocker awards in leagues first three conferences.
“Hindi ‘yun pressure kasi nu’ng sinabi ni coach yun parang mas natsa-challenge pa ako na panibagong challenge ‘to. Kailangan may gawin ako na something na magi-improve ako and mag-grow ako as a player,” said Panaga.
She was released by Pocari Sweat after the Open Conference and after weighing down her options, Panaga decided to join the Angels, whose core are composed of former CSB players.
Panaga will be reunited with ex-CSB teammates in Djanel Cheng, Ranya Musa and Rachel Austero - the same core that delivered the Taft-based squad to its breakthrough NCAA title three years ago. Panaga will also get a chance to play alongside another former Pocari Sweat teammate Cai Baloaloa.
“Happy naman ako kasi ito na yung reunion namin from Benilde and Pocari and others sila Ate Paneng (Mercado) na magkaka-teammate ulit kami then parang hindi naman ganun na sobrang mahirap mag-adjust kasi naging kasama ko na sila,” said Panaga.
PVL will have a five-month break before its third season and PetroGazz hopes to use that time to beef up its rosters and create better team chemistry heading into the Reinforced Conference.
The Angels are currently pursuing prospective foreign guest players but requested the media not to divulge the names of the imports as the management is still undergoing negotiations.
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