Daquis to skipper PSL stars in Thai joust

Daquis to skipper PSL stars in Thai joust
A regular fixture in major international tournaments in the region, Rachel Anne Daquis (no. 13) will skipper the Philippine Superliga (PSL) All-Star in the Thailand Super League women's invitational volleyball tournament.

A skilled and seasoned – as well as undeniably pretty and charming - spiker will be at the helm when the Philippine Superliga (PSL) All-Star competes in the Thailand Super League women's invitational volleyball tournament from March 23 to 28 at the MCC Hall of The Mall Bangkapi in Bangkok.

Rachel Anne Daquis, an outside hitter from RC Cola-Army, has been chosen to skipper the PSL stars in this prestigious tourney where the region's best club teams from Thailand and Hong Kong will be clashing for pride and glory.

The 27-year old stunner and former Far Eastern University star has been a regular fixture in major international tournaments in the region.

After steering Petron to a clean sweep of the PSL All-Filipino Conference and winning the PSL Most Valuable Player award last year, Daquis suited up for the National Team in the 28th Southeast Asian Games in Singapore and the AVC Asian Women's Club Championship in Vietnam where he proudly displayed the athleticism, power and beauty of a true Filipina athlete.

"I am truly honored to be chosen as team captain," said Daquis, arguably one of Asia's most popular female athletes not only because of her skills but also for her good looks and wholesome character. 

"I don't think there will be any adjustments because most of them have been my teammates before. The chemistry is already there, so we just have to further enhance it. I want them to look at me not just as a teammate but as a big sister inside and outside the court."

PSL All-Star coach George Pascua said Daquis' skills, leadership and experience were the factors that he considered in tapping her to be the team captain.

She will be assisted by another head-turner and energetic spiker in Cha Cruz of F2 Logistics, who will be playing her first international tournament.

"Rachel and Cha make a perfect pair. They are both carefree and always playing without any pressure," said Pascua, who has been Daquis' mentor in college and in Petron where they won a pair of PSL titles.

"But I chose Rachel to be the team captain because of her skills, experience and leadership. She also has a winning mentality which could rub off to her younger teammates."

Aside from Daquis and Cruz, also included in the squad are Rhea Dimaculangan and Maika Ortiz of Foton; April Ross Hingpit and Jeanette Panaga of Cignal; Jen Reyes, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Frances Molina and Mina Aganon of Petron; Melissa Gohing and Michelle Gumabao of Philips Gold; and Stephanie Mercado and Aby Marano of F2 Logistics.

"This is a very special team," said Pascua, adding that defense should be their forte against powerhouse teams like King-Bangkok, Idea Khonkaen, 3BB Nokhonnont, Supreme Chonburi and reigning champion Bangkok Glass, which will parade a core of national team members.

"We may not be as skilled and talented as other teams, but we'll work hard on the defensive end. What we have is a fighting team. I want them to fight from start until the very end."

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