It's really about team effort -- PHI skipper Reyes on win
TEAMWORK -- Playmaker Kim Fajardo, skipper Mika Reyes and Alyssa Valdez teamed up to carry the Philippine national women's volleyball team past Hong Kong in straight sets.
BINAN CITY, Laguna –-- The Philippine national women’s volleyball team wanted to give the big crowd that flocked the Alonte Sports Arena here a good show.
It was a delightful display of the teamwork and effort as the Nationals destroyed Hong Kong, 25-21, 25-16, 25-17, Wednesday night to start their campaign in Pool A of the 19th SMM Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship on a high note.
The win gave the PHI a strong fighting chance to make it to the quarterfinals and a ticket to the 2018 AVC Asian Women’s Volleyball Cup.
A victory by the Filipinas against Kazakhstan on Friday or another loss by Hong Kong against the Kazakhs on Thursday will give the Nationals a spot in the quarterfinals and surpass its 12th place finish in the 2015 edition in Tianjin, China.
“It's really about the team effort talaga,” said team captain Mika Reyes. “Lahat nag-contribute and everybody really wants to win.”
“Good game for everyone,” added Reyes, who had six points. “We're very happy kailangan lang namin taasan pa yung kumpiyansa and intensity ng laro namin.”
Behind the roaring crowd, the Nationals stormed to an easy win that took only an hour and 17 minutes.
“It's really the ‘Para sa bayan’ talaga ‘yung game today,” said Alyssa Valdez, who drew the loudest cheer as she smashed 13 kills in her 14-point performance.
Valdez, one of the 11 first-timers in the tournament of the 14-woman roster of head coach Francis Vicente, pointed out that they wanted to execute the lessons the team learned in their 17-day Japan training camp a week ago.
“We really wanted to show everyone what we've been preparing and trying to do in Japan and here in the Philippines preparing for the Asian senior and the Southeast Asian Games,” she said. “So hopefully it's really a good start for everyone, for the team.”
Jaja Santiago scored 13 points while Ces Molina and Kim Fajardo had seven markers for the Pinays. Fajardo orchestrated the team’s balanced scoring with 26 excellent sets.
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