DLSU trio eyes national team spots for 2017 SEA Games
Mark Escarlote on May 03, 2016 04:42 PM
GREEN TRIO: Kim Fajardo, Mika Reyes and Ara Galang are all looking for a shot to make it in the national team that will compete in next year's Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
After missing a chance to represent the country last year in the 28th Southeast Asian Games, De La Salle Lady Spikers Mika Reyes, Ara Galang and Kim Fajardo are ready to commit for the national team if given another shot.
The trio that played a big role in helping the Lady Spikers win the 78th UAAP women’s volleyball title in an epic three-game championship series against bitter rival and dethroned two-time champion Ateneo de Manila Lady Eagles showed renewed interest to join the national team specifically the squad that will carry the tricolors in the biennial regional sports meet next year in Malaysia.
“Willing naman po kami mag-tryout and wala naman pong mawawala kung mag-tryout kami,” said the graduating Reyes Tuesday during the session of the Philippine Sportswriter Association Forum at Shakey’s Malate.
Galang, who played in her final year in a dramatic return to action after missing last year’s Finals due to a left knee injury, added that they also wanted to help the cause.
“Siyempre gusto rin namin i-represent ang country natin,” said Galang, who with Reyes, Carol Cerveza, Mika Esperanza and Cyd Demecillo ended their collegiate careers on a winning note.
Fajardo, this season’s Best Setter winner, wanted to grab the opportunity to play internationally under the Philippine flag after missing a chance last year when the Philippine Volleyball Federation-backed Amihan coached by DLSU mentor Ramil De Jesus disbanded because of leadership power struggle inside the association.
Philippine Olympic Committee recognized Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. as the new national sports association and sent a different team to Singapore led by Ateneo’s Alyssa Valdez, Jia Morado, Denden Lazaro and Bea De Leon.
The national team coached by Roger Gorayeb won by straight sets against Malaysia but were beaten black and blue by Indonesia and Vietnam.
Next year's SEA Games is scheduled from August 19 to 31 in Kuala Lumpur.
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