Daquis returns to old form, Cignal sees bright things ahead

Mark Escarlote on Jul 26, 2018 09:43 PM
Daquis returns to old form, Cignal sees bright things ahead
Yung mga nagagawa mo nung college, nagagawa mo ulit ngayon -- Rachel Anne Daquis on return to vintage form

Coming into the 2018 Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference, head coach Edgar Barroga challenged seasoned hitter Rachel Anne Daquis to turn back the hands of time and show that she can still pull the trigger.

The open spiker heeded the call and worked doubly hard to bring back the same form that once made Daquis the brightest volleyball star in the country.

“Chinallenge ko kasi si Rachel kasi kung titignan niyo medyo pababa na ‘yung laro niya,” Barroga said. “Sabi ko (sa kanya), Chel, sumunod ka lang sa mga gagawin ko, trust ka lang marami akong ipapagawa sayo, icha-challenge ulit kita.”

Daquis averaged 15.25 points in the preliminary round and led Cignal to an unbeaten run into the semifinals.

A misstep in the knockout Final Four may have spelled doom for the HD Spikers’ back-to-back title journey but it didn’t dampen the fact that Daquis performed well for Cignal.  

“Personally syempre nagpakundisyon ako, so talagang ‘yung motivation ko na talagang gustung-gusto ko silang… unang-una syempre mapa-champion. Pero syempre step-by-step ‘yun,” said Daquis, who scored 18 points in Cignal’s 25-15, 22-25, 25-20, 25-18, win over Smart-Army in the battle for third as the HD Spikers salvaged a podium finish.

“Patient ako sa process na yun, so ito ibinigay ni Lord ‘yung third place, masayang-masaya kami kasi from seventh nu’ng first time kami hinawakan ni coach naging third,” said Daquis, who gave FEU its last UAAP crown back in 2008 and collected numerous titles in the commercial leagues including five in the PSL. “So happy ako and sobrang cooperative ng teammates ko and ng coaches so yun talaga yung nagdala.”

Barroga praised the dedication of Daquis, who, despite her age of 30 and numerous achievements, kept her feet on the ground and was willing to listen and train under his guidance.  

“Ayun marami siyang mga ginagawa tapos kung mapapansin niyo puro mabibilis ‘yung play niya tapos tinuturuan ko pa rin siyang mag-dive, mag-roll sa ensayo so sobrang na-challenge siya although may konti siyang nararamdaman,” said Barroga.

“Very satisfied (sa performance ni Rachel) lalong lalo na itong (last game),” he added. “Ine-esxpect ko na lalabas ang laro nilang lahat kasi ito na ‘yung pinakahuling laro namin for this season.”

Daquis was thankful for the patience and guidance of Barroga.

“For coach Edgar kasi, nilabas nya lahat eh. Yung talent mo, lahat ng skills na pwede mo palang gawin. Yung mga nagagawa mo nung college, nagagawa mo ulit ngayon,” she said. “So grabe yung tiwala nya. Ang sarap mag-ensayo kasi magugulat ka, ibabalik nya yung ganitong laro mo, ibabalik nya yung ganitong mga spikes. So sobrang happy ako and thankful kay coach Edgar.”

With Daquis back into her dangerous form, Cignal is now looking at a good run come All-Filipino Conference.

“Next siguro in preparation para sa All-Filipino, we’ll try to recruit more competitive (players) at saka para makasabay tayo doon sa malalakas na teams,” said Barroga.

 

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