Philippine Coast Guard: Stepping out of the shadows

Mark Escarlote on Sep 21, 2016 03:12 PM
Philippine Coast Guard: Stepping out of the shadows
Philippine Coast Guard will rely on the experience of former Pocari Sweat middle Hazel Mea pictured here in a light moment during the team's photo shoot at the Lady Dolphins' gym.

The Philippine Coast Guard Lady Dolphins are looking to step out of the shadows of their more successful counterparts.

Known for their multi-titled dragon boat teams, the PCG wants to make a mark this time in the sport of volleyball.

The Lady Dolphins are one of the eight squads vying for the crown in the 13th V-League Reinforced Conference which will open shop on October 1.

PCG tapped former Philippine Christian University coach Gilbert “Butch” Odron to form a team of recruits to replace the squad that finished dead last the previous year. 

“The aim of the agency is for the people to know that PCG also has a competitive team in terms of volleyball,” said Odron, who steered PCU which also carries the moniker Dolphins in back-to-back NCAA titles in Season 79 and 80 for women’s and in Seasons 81 and 82 for men’s. “Kasi kapag sinabi mong Coast Guard parang identified na kaagad sa dragon boat.”

All but one of the members of last year’s team are unavailable because they already started their six-month military training. That team won only a single game – a five-set victory over Kia Forte – in five outings in the conference’s last edition.  

Odron, who handled Instituto Estetico Manila in the Spikers’ Turf’s inaugural season, said that he had to build the team from scratch.    

“All of the members of this PCG volleyball team is new. So newbie talaga ang team,” he said. “We started last June in recruiting members for this team. Actually three weeks pa lang itong napo-form. We joined the AFP Olympics para ma-expose sila. And ito ngang na-invite kami to join the V-League we hope we’ll do better this time.”

Former Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors Hazel Mea and Maureen Loren banner the young squad composed of PCG draftees coming from different schools. Other members of team that already played in the V-League are University of Baguio’s Roxanne Madulid, Ericka Tabion and Ronnalie Castor of University of Batangas, and Jessica Arceo of Perpetual Help.

Christine Maderazo of Technological Institute of the Philippines, Lyceum-Laguna’s Melissa Quenjero and Nichaella Caraan, Kamille Ogana of Meycauayan College - the only remaining player from last year's lineup -  and Tess Nickole of Centro Escolar University round up the members of the team.  

Odron admitted that they still need to work on their chemistry.  

“We are working on it right now kasi galing sila sa iba’t ibang schools and magkakaibang team culture,” he said.

Odron added that despite of a difficult task at hand, the veteran mentor embraces it.

“It’s more challenging sa akin kasi alam mo na ang mga expectations ng mga officers and I’ve been a champion coach also sa NCAA but I’m doing my best to help the team,” said Odron. “You cannot just say that in a snap of a finger I can do it. Siyempre lahat naman ng mga nakakalaro sa V-League are aspiring to get the championship and of course maraming magagaling na coaches dyan and ang mga materials ng ibang teams ay fully developed na.”

“We will try our best to have this team na medyo ma-elevate pero since this is a newbie dapat we have to work for it,” he added. “Ang goal lang namin ay to do better from last year.”

PCG is yet to name their reinforcements.

“Kami na siguro ang smallest team among the field kaya we have to talk to the officers also for options (in choosing our guest players),” the mentor said.



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