Ibang level na 'to -- Rachel Anne Daquis on first world tournament

Mark Escarlote on Oct 18, 2016 10:31 PM
Ibang level na 'to -- Rachel Anne Daquis
Magandang-magandang foundation ito para sa mga future games namin and sa future competitions na sasalihan ng Pilipinas -- Rachel Anne Daquis

Team captain Rachel Anne Daquis smacked a hard attack to score her first point in a world level tournament Tuesday night over a two-woman wall.

The hit ricochet to the net after hitting the arm of a Brazilian defender who was late in timing the PSL-F2 Manila’s hop-skip approach on her attack.

Daquis howled loud after that point and again celebrated after another kill.

It was in the second set with Rexona-Sesc Rio ahead by seven.

Daquis won’t score another point after that and the seasoned Brazilians swept their way to their first win 25-15, 25-13, 25-20, in the 2016 FIVB Women’s Club World Championship Pool A in front of the partisan crowd inside the MOA Arena.

It may be a lost match but for Daquis and six of her Filipina teammates, the atmosphere, the intensity and the vibe of playing in the world stage for the first time felt like a victory for their volleyball career.         

“Siyempre, unang-una ibang level na ito eh,” said the Philippine Army and former Far Eastern University Queen Tamaraw, who was a part of the national team that competed in the 28th Southeast Asian Games last year. “Silang mga kalaban namin kumbaga exposed sila sa international competition unlike us na pasulpot-sulpot lang din ang sali namin.”

PSL-F2 gave a gallant stand and in the third frame gave the crowd something to cheer about, racing to a 14-7 lead capped by a kill block of 6-foot-5 Jaja Santiago on Carolina Da Silva. The Brazilians tied the set at 15, Mika Reyes put the host team on top for the last time before Rexona made a finishing 10-4 rally to seal the win.   

“Natutuwa kami doon sa experience namin kasi dumidikit kami. Tapos sa third set lumamang pa kami,” the 28-year-old hitter said. “Sobrang happy kami na doon namin nakikita na kaya pala. Nagsu-short lang talaga, kulang lang talaga sa experience at sa exposure namin na kalaban ang mga international teams.”

“Magandang-magandang foundation ito para sa mga future games namin and sa future competitions na sasalihan ng Pilipinas,” added Daquis.

PSL-F2 Manila will face Pomi Casalmaggiore on Thursday.







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