These volleyball-playing sisters prove great things come in pairs
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 26, 2017 05:45 PM
Great things come in pairs.
With the rise of volleyball in the Philippines, 2017 saw an even bigger growth among the youth who'll end up loving the sport even more as the years go by.
And as a kid with humble volleyball dreams, what's better than having a sister you can play with?
Aside from being each other's closest buddy on and off the court, these sets of spiking siblings prove that great things come in pairs.
Kim and Candice Gequillana
Kim Gequillana has long been the Ateneo Lady Eagles' "Magic Bunot", providing much-needed contributions be it with her timely service aces or her wide smile beaming from the bench.
Kim's sister Candice, or Cacee, as she is fondly called, is a newcomer for the Heartstrong team, and beside her ate, she's expected to have that signature Gequillana energy to help keep the Lady Eagles in form after a number of veteran departures.
Desiree and Djanel Cheng
Des Cheng's renaissance season came last year, when she was a key part of the DLSU Lady Spikers' repeat championship.
Coming from an injury, Des showed incredible heart in bouncing back, even leading the Lady Spikers as the season 79 Finals MVP in their win against Ateneo.
On another collegiate league, Djanel has been a steady presence for another Green team. She was a part of the College of St. Benilde's historic NCAA volleyball title back in season 91.
They've been a great part of each others' success, and they're a great example to sisters and athlete-siblings, everywhere.
Myla and Marites Pablo
Sister 👭👭👭 pic.twitter.com/41w77d57Ec— myla pablo (@iamMylaPablo) January 23, 2016
Myla Pablo needs no introduction. She's been a constant in Philippine volleyball since her days as a National University Lady Bulldog, up to her current stint with the Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors.
Her younger sister Marites, a former Lady Bulldog herself, has transfered to Benilde in the hopes of making a name for herself. With a mentor like Myla, Marites would have no problems doing so.
Therese and Ponggay Gaston
Therese may not be playing for Ateneo anymore, but the Gaston lineage in the Lady Eagles continues through the bubbly and athletic Ponggay.
Daughters of former PBA player Fritz Gaston, they've always had sports in their genes, but more than that, their dad instilled a sense of competitiveness on the siblings early in their lives.
"So, high school pa lang, we were very dedicated to volleyball and it was very serious for us," Therse shared in an interview with ABS-CBN Sports last 2016.
Jaja and Dindin Santiago
National University's twin towers have been tearing it up since their UAAP days. From bright prospects as high school players back in UST, to their collegiate careers as towering players at the net, able to deliver lethal hits, or thunderous blocks.
With Jaja standing at 6'6", and older sister Dindin reaching a still-impressive 6'2", it's safe to say that the Santiago sisters are strong by themselves. But together? Unstoppable.
Dindin may be nursing an injury at the moment, but Jaja is proudly representing the Santiago clan with her stellar outing as a member of the Philippine team for the AVC and SEA Games, and now back in NU in the Premier Volleyball League.
Jiezela and Nieza Viray
From one set of "twins", to a legit pair, Jiezela and Nieza Viray are both currently playing for San Beda College.
From Pangasinan to Mendiola, the Viray twins' exploints aren't limited to indoor volleyball.
They also compete regulary in the NCAA beach volleyball tournament, and in the Beach Volleyball Republic.
As you would expect from twins, Jiezela and Nieza are dangerous weapons for the Lady Red Spikers with their high-flying hits and a connection that has been going strong since Day 1.
EJ and Eya Laure
Daughters of former PBA player Eddie Laure, Ennajie or EJ, and Ejiya or Eya, definitely carry the stamp of their father.
From their athleticism to their first name, which both start with the letter "E", and they're certainly making waves for UST as a formidable duo seen in the previous V-League season.