Tapos na yung kanya-kanyang club team responsibilities namin so ito namang responsibility sa bansa yung ibibigay namin --- skipper Jovelyn Gonzaga

Mark Escarlote on Jun 01, 2015 02:44 PM
V-League rivals unite for SEA Games honor
Tapos na yung kanya-kanyang club team responsibilities namin so ito namang responsibility sa bansa yung ibibigay namin --- skipper Jovelyn Gonzaga

With the smoke of battle and the supremacy in the 12th Shakey’s Open Conference finally settled, former rivals will now unite to carry the flag and country in a bigger war overseas.

Alyssa Valdez, Jaja Santiago, Denden Lazaro and Grethcel Soltones of the newly crowned SVL champion PLDT Home Ultera Ultra Fast Lady Hitters will team up with Rachel Anne Daquis, Jovelyn Gonzaga, and Dindin Santiago-Manabat in the national women’s squad set to compete in the 28th Southeast Asian Games in Singapore.

The Ultra Fast Lady Hitters banked on the scoring prowess of Valdez and 6-foot-4 Santiago to escape with a 25-22, 18-25, 24-26, 28-26, 15-13 victory in the deciding Game 3 of the best-of-three championship series last Sunday in a jam-packed The Arena in San Juan.

Though aching from fresh wounds of defeat, team captain Gonzaga said that they have set all of it behind and will rally with their former competition for one goal, and that is to give honor to the country.

“Tapos na yung kanya-kanyang club team responsibilities namin so ito namang responsibility sa bansa yung ibibigay namin,” said the 23-year-old Ilongga opposite spiker.

It is Gonzaga’s first SEA Games appearance since playing alongside Aiza Maizo-Pontillas in beach volleyball in the 2011 Indonesia edition. 

The team skipper downplayed their expectations but is assuring the Filipino fans of a great fight against the best in the region.

“Ang lagi namang sinasabi nina coach sa amin ay paghirapan muna natin,” she said. “Huwag muna nating itatak sa isip natin na ito ang target natin. Paghirapan muna natin unti-unti, pagtulungan natin hanggang sa maabot natin kung ano talaga ang goal natin.”

“Ang gusto talaga naming sa team ay magkaroon ng medal, medalya talaga,” she added.

National team head coach Roger Gorayeb, who also mentored the PLDT squad, said that with the club tournament finally over, their final preparation will now be in full swing.

“Wala nang pahinga tuluy-tuloy na ito, nag-usap na kami last week pa. Anuman ang mangyari, starting Monday practice na ulit kami,” Gorayeb said. “Tapos na ito (V-League) e. Another chapter naman ito na Southeast Asian Games na bigger in scope, bigger in responsibility. Dito dala namin ang kompanya lang, doon dala namin ang buong Pilipinas.”

Also part of the first national team to be sent in the biennial meet are Rhea Dimaculangan, Maika Ortiz, Jia Morado, Bea de Leon and Abigail Marano. Maizo-Pontillas is a reserve player and part of the coaching staff.

The team will leave for Singapore on June 4 and will be billeted at the swanky Marina Mandarin Hotel, six days before the actual competition on June 10.

 

 

 

 

 

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