Daquis, Gonzaga transfer to Cignal
Mark Escarlote on Feb 02, 2017 07:15 PM
Jovelyn Gonzaga and Rachel Anne Daquis found a new family in Cignal.
Grizzled veterans Rachel Anne Daquis, Jovelyn Gonzaga and Honey Royse Tubino will be marching in the Philippine Superliga wars wearing a different color.
With Philippine Army skipping this the league’s fifth season, the troika will now lead the charge of Cignal in the HD Spikers’ quest to erase a forgettable campaign last year.
The trio together with another new acquisition setter May Macatuno, would be joining Mylene Paat, Chie Saet, Janine Marciano, Paneng Mercado, Len Cortel, Cherry Vivas, Sandra Delos Santos, Lourdes Patillano, Jheck Dionela and former Petron hitter Maica Morada.
“Sa totoo lang, medyo excited kami kasi matibay ang lineup,” said Cignal team manager Edgar Barroga. “Makikita mo na medyo mahina ang gitna pero marami naman sa kanila ang pwede na i-convert pagdating sa laro. So yun lang naman ang nakikita naming problema, pero kung sa opensa din lang, lalaban itong team na ito ng tatlong taon.”
Daquis, Gonzaga and Tubino together with veteran playmaker Tina Salak carried RC Cola-Army to the title of the PSL Invitational last year after overpowering Est Cola of Thailand.
However, Daquis sustained a foot injury during the crucial stretch of the All-Filipino Conference to fall out of title contention while lack of chemistry with their imports and the obvious difficulty of the ageing Army to compete with the younger squads hastened the downfall of the four-time PSL champion in the season-ending Grand Prix.
Tubino actually played for Cignal before transferring to Army while Gonzaga is playing for a commercial team for the first time outside of Army.
“Actually, nung unang pasok namin, medyo kabado ako. I don’t know,” said Gonzaga, who like Tubino is working on her honorable discharge from Army to concentrate on Cignal and a possible stint in the national team that will see action in the 29th Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games. “Magkahalong kaba at excitement na makita ko ang bago kong family.”
Daquis, who had her no. 3 jersey retired by Far Eastern University last Tuesday, will be reunited with former college coach and new Cignal mentor George Pascua and former Lady Tamaraws teammates Morada and Vivas.
Pascua was the head coach of Petron when Daquis led the Tri-Activ Spikers to a clean sweep of the 2015 All-Filipino Conference.