Rebuilding kami -- Kim Dy on veteran-depleted DLSU
Mark Escarlote on Nov 28, 2016 03:10 PM
Hindi na namin pwedeng hanapin ang mga wala -- Kim Dy
Repeat-seeking De La Salle Lady Spikers will need to make do with what’s left of their championship core for the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament next year.
Incoming fourth year Kim Dy admitted that the team is on a rebuilding stage after starters Ara Galang, Mika Reyes and Cyd Demecillo exhausted all their playing years while setter Kim Fajardo is still uncertain she’ll play for another season and the reported transfer of Eli Soyud to Adamson. Veteran reserves Mika Esperanza and Carol Cerveza also graduated last year.
“Siguro rebuilding kami kasi marami rin ang nawala,” Dy said Sunday night after the DLSU-backed F2 Logistics’ 25-17, 25-16, 22-25, 25-10 win over Cignal to advance in the 2016 Philippine Superliga semifinals against Petron.
The Finals Most Valuable Player last season added that they are working on their chemistry especially for the team’s new first six to prepare the squad in the UAAP wars starting late January.
“Siyempre may mga players talaga na mawawala siguro kami and 'yung mga bata syempre kailangang mag-step up whoever will fill up the space,” said Dy. “Siyempre kami ‘yung mga natira, we’ll do our part rin. And siyempre mas kailangan naming mas mag-jell as a team.”
Some of the holdovers for the Lady Spikers are Majoy Baron, libero and 2016 PSL All-Filipino MVP Dawn Macandili, Ernestine Tiamzon and May Luna while Desiree Cheng, who skipped last season because of a knee injury, is set to return.
“Kailangan talaga mas mag-jell kasi ‘yun na eh sila na ang nandoon. Hindi na namin pwedeng hanapin ang mga wala,” Dy added.
Head coach Ramil De Jesus confirmed that opposite spiker Soyud was dropped from the team last August.
The 21-year-old hitter was seen training with the Lady Falcons but will still need to complete a one-year residency if she pursues to play for Adamson in the UAAP.
“Wala naman kaming magagawa na kasi decision n’ya yun tapos madami pa naman kaming players na handang mag-step up para ma-fill out ang mga positions ng mga graduate at nawala,” Macandili said of the decision of Soyud to leave the team.
Despite losing some of their key players and reserves that carried the team for half a decade, the Lady Spikers embrace it as a challenge to fuel their hunger to keep the crown in Taft Avenue.
“’Di namin masyadong iniisip ‘yun na pressure ‘yun sa amin,” said Dy. “Parang challenge na lang siguro na may ide-defend kaming crown and we’ll just give whatever ‘yung larong kaya namin.”
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