PVL: Mas magulang kami sa laro -- Gonzaga on Army’s advantage
Mark Escarlote on May 23, 2019 05:32 PM
Hindi na puwersahan kasi madadaan mo siya sa utakan na laro -- PacificTown Army star spiker Jovelyn Gonzaga
PacificTown Philippine Army will use its experience and veteran smarts as weapons against younger and more athletic teams in the Premier Volleyball Season 3 Reinforced Conference.
The Lady Troopers may be a newbie in the league but Army is packing a core of grizzled veterans, who have fought numerous battles together.
This will be an advantage the Lady Troopers look to exploit.
“Kung i-compare ang bata sa may edad, ang mga bata kasi ang bilis nandoon eh, ang talon nandoon eh. So siguro ang pagiging magulang sa laro (ang advantage namin),” said Army ace hitter Jovelyn Gonzaga, who is making a return in the club scene after a year and a half following knee surgery.
Gonzaga added that the Lady Troopers will use their wits and heady plays they have learned from vast experience to keep up with the much younger competition.
“Kasi like during training naglalaro kami ng bata to seniors, makikita mo talaga kung gaano kagulang yung mga matatanda maglaro,” said Gonzaga, a member of the national team that participated in the 2017 Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games.”
“Hindi na puwersahan kasi madadaan mo siya sa utakan na laro,” she added. “I think advantage namin ‘yan.”
PacificTown Army will parade seasoned stars Ging Balse-Pabayo, Nene Bautista, Royse Tubino, Dahlia Cruz, Tin Agno, Angela Nunag, Lutgarda Malaluan, Jeannie Delos Reyes, Jem Gutierrez and Sarah Jane Gonzales with Kungfu Reyes as head coach.
Young setter Alina Bicar of University of Sto. Tomas will join the crew with reinforcements Ukrainian Lena Lymareva, who played for PetroGazz last year, and American Jenelle Jordan.
Gonzaga, who sustained an ACL injury back in November 2017 while playing for Cignal in the Philippine Superliga, is also thankful that her comeback will happen during an import-laden tournament.
“Sobrang thankful ako na ang time ng nagbalik ko ay may imports. Ang laking tulong kasi talaga ng mga imports eh. So hindi ganoon kabugbog ang sarili ko, ang tuhod ko,” she said.
But Gonzaga knows that the stakes are high for her team, which won multiple titles before in different leagues and is considered as one of the winningest squads in Philippine club volleyball scene.
“Alam naman namin na malalakas ang mga teams eh, so nagsi-set talaga kami ng goal na one game at time. Siyempre ang pressure nandoon kasi alam naman natin na ang Army team naka-ilang championships na rin so ang pressure nandoon,” said Gonzaga.
PacificTown Army will begin its campaign on Sunday against returning BaliPure.
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