100% magko-commit ako -- Gonzaga on National team call-up
Mark Escarlote on Sep 05, 2019 11:34 AM
Magko-commit ako. Kasi kapag nag-commit ako, 100% magko-commit ako. Basta ang alam ko kapag kinuha ako magko-commit ako fully -- Jovelyn Gonzaga (Photo by Arvin Lim)
PacificTown Army hitter Jovelyn Gonzaga is tempering her expectations after her recent call-up for the national indoor volleyball pool but vows to give her full commitment for the cause.
Gonzaga, who just came back from a two-year layoff after sustaining a knee injury and fulfilling her military duty, gets another shot for a tour of duty in the country’s hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games in November.
The opposite hitter is one of the recent additions in the national pool along with middle blockers Maddie Madayag and Roselyn Doria.
“So far wala akong expectations since nasa pool pa lang din naman and ilan kami, almost 20-plus,” said Gonzaga, who played for the indoor national team in the 2015 Singapore and 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games as well as numerous international tournaments for the tri-colors.
But the the Ilongga spiker promises to dedicate her full effort and time while under the national pool.
“Pupunta ako sa trainings kung pinapapapunta ako,” she vowed. “Magko-commit ako. Kasi kapag nag-commit ako, 100% magko-commit ako. Basta ang alam ko kapag kinuha ako magko-commit ako fully.”
Gonzaga had to skip the 2018 Asian Games after sustaining an ACL tear while playing for her club team Cignal in the Philippine Superliga late 2017.
She returned two years after with the Lady Troopers in the PVL where she helped Army bag a bronze in the Reinforced Conference and Cignal for a runner-up finish in the PSL All-Filipino Conference recently.
“Ang pag-consider sa akin na i-include sa pool napakalalking bagay na para ma-boost ulit ang morale ko since naglaro ako ng SEA Games noong 2017,” said Gonzaga, who was initially tapped to join the national beach volleyball team. “Malaking bagay kasi SEA Games yun and dito pa sa Philippines iho-hold.”
Although her participation in the biennial meet is not yet cast in stone, the 27-year old Ilongga is just glad to be back in the national pool.
“Wala akong expectations kung ila-lineup pa ako sa final line-up or what basta nandito lang ako,” she said.
Gonzaga will join the Nationals in Thailand on September 15 along with other PVL players Madayag and Creamline’s Alyssa Valdez and setter Jia Morado. The bulk of the pool leaves for Thailand on Saturday for the 12-day training camp before seeing action in the Southeast Asian Grand Prix in Nakhon Ratchasima from Sept. 20 to 22.
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