Alvarez finds new home in Pocari Sweat
Mark Escarlote on Oct 05, 2016 09:13 PM
Ok lang naman po (maging reserve) ang gusto ko lang rin naman ay makasama sa team nila and malaman kung ano ‘yung experience na mapasama sa isang champion team at ang team ninyo kilala -- Shola Alvarez
Jose Rizal University star Shola Alvarez doesn’t mind coming off the bench and playing a reserve role behind Pocari Sweat hitter Myla Pablo.
The former Iriga player is the latest addition for the Lady Warriors’ roster in the 13th V-League Collegiate Conference.
Alvarez averaged 17.5 points per game for the Lady Oragons back in the Open Conference but the 19-year-old hitter might find it hard to get the same production as a reliever for Pablo.
“Sabi nila sa akin hindi nila maibibigay ang playing time for me pero gusto raw nilang maging part ako ng team,” said Alvarez, who was tapped by team manager Eric Anthony Ty to join the team last week as the reigning Open Conference champion Lady Warriors bid for its second straight title.
“Sobrang saya po kasi unang-una hindi ko ini-expect na Pocari team pa ang kukuha sa akin tapos champion team pa sila eh,” added the incoming fourth year student. “Sobrang nakaka-overwhelm na ako ang pinakabata tapos champion team pa ito. Parang sa kadami-rami ng puwedeng kunin ako pa ang napili nila.”
Despite being relegated as a second stringer, Alvarez is just happy to play once again to build her confidence heading into the 92nd NCAA competition.
“Ok lang naman po ang gusto ko lang rin naman ay makasama sa team nila and malaman kung ano ‘yung experience na mapasama sa isang champion team at ang team ninyo kilala,” she said.
JRU didn’t field a team in the Collegiate Conference and Alvarez said that she felt blessed after getting a call to be a part of the squad.
“Wala na pong kumuha sa akin. After kasi ng Open Conference tapos na po ang contract ko sa Iriga so naghihintay na lang po ako ng kukuha sa akin,” she added. “Then ito po last week si sir Anthony po nagsabi na interested po sila na kuhanin ako.”
Alvarez rode the bench the whole game in Pocari Sweat's loss to Philippine Air Force, 20-25, 25-22, 7-25, 25-22, 12-15.
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