Reyes receives golden ticket to FIVB World Club Championship
Mark Escarlote on Jul 19, 2016 04:57 PM
Binigyan ka ng pagkakataon so dapat ipakita mo sa mga tao ang talent mo, ang mga natutunan mo -- Jen Reyes
BATANGAS CITY --- Petron libero Jen Reyes became the fourth member of the Philippine Superliga (PSL) All-Star team that will see action in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship from Oct. 18 to 23 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Reyes, a product of National University, was handed one of the seven coveted golden ticket by no less than PSL president Ramon “Tats” Suzara after the Tri-Activ Spikers’ All-Filipino Conference match against F2 Logistics Tuesday at the Batangas City Coliseum here.
“Super happy and blessed kasi hindi ko naman ini-expect na ikaw ‘yung makukuha,” said the teary-eyed multi-awarded 5-foot-2 libero.
Unfortunately, Petron lost 15-25, 25-19, 19-25, 25-9, to F2 Logistics to drop to 4-2 win-loss record.
Reyes, who won three straight Best Libero awards in the PSL in the 2014 Grand Prix, 2015 All-Filipino and 2015 Grand Prix, joined Jovelyn Gonzaga and Rachel Anne Daquis of RC Cola-Army and setter Kim Fajardo of F2 Logistics in this prestigious team that will be supported by seven foreign imports.
“Siyempre hindi mo naman mapi-please ang lahat ng tao na maniwala sa iyo and ito ang ibinigay sa iyo na kumbaga kasama ka sa history ng Pilipinas,” said Reyes, who helped Petron win the 2014 Grand Prix and 2015 All-Filipino crown.
The defensive specialist will be tested by power-hitters coming from the world’s best club teams like Rexona Ades of Brazil, Bangkok Glass of Thailand, Volero Zurich of Switzerland, Hisamitsu Springs of Japan, Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul and VakifBank Istanbul of Turkey and Pomi Casalmaggiore of Italy.
“Kailangan ang opportunity na ito huwag mong hayaan lang. Binigyan ka ng pagkakataon so dapat ipakita mo sa mga tao ang talent mo, ang mga natutunan mo simula pa lang noong nag-umpisa ako,” she added.
Reyes started out as a spiker back in grade school to high school in Marilao, Bulacan before being converted to libero when she represented Central Luzon in Palarong Pambansa where her squad defeated the then Alyssa Valdez-led National Capital Region in the gold medal match.
From there her career blossomed as one of the country’s best libero.
“First siyempre spiker ako pero hindi na rin kasi ako lumaki. Pero ayun pinag-train ako na defensive specialist so talagang doon ako nagpursige talaga sa depensa. Doon na ako nabihasa,” said the former choir girl and member of Iglesia ni Cristo. “Sobrang nakakatuwa and super blessed talaga na isa ako sa napili.”
The cheerful and most of the time playful Reyes is no stranger in international tournaments. She played in the 2014 AVC Asian Women’s Club Championship in Thailand for PLDT before playing again in the Vietnam edition of the event with Petron.
This year, Foton tapped Reyes to beef up the defense of the Tornadoes in the Manila AVC Club Championship on September 3 to 11.
“Dadalhin ko rin ang experience ko mula sa mga international (exposures),” she said. “Talagang ito na ang pagkakataon mo na maipakita ang talento mo, dito hindi ako nakikita sa All-Filipino pero kailangan ko pang i-prove sa sarili ko na karapa’t dapat ako sa spot na ito.”
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