Army star Rachel Daquis: Age doesn’t matter in volleyball

After helping lead Petron to PSL championships, Rachel Daquis is back with Army and is scheduled to battle her former team in the 3rd round of the ongoing Invitationals. 

Daquis and the Lady Troopers swept the 1st round of the tournament, beating F2 Logistics, Foton and New San Jose Builders behind their veterans.

“Yung team naman namin ngayon, hindi kami nagsstop na matuto,” she said. “So every game, every training kailangan may natututunan kami para din mag improve kami.”

Now armed with a 3-0 card, Army will rest for the 2nd round before plunging back into action in the 3rd round, where they will face new-look Petron and Cignal, among others.

“Makakalaban namin Petron, mga bata, so kailangan makasabay din kami sakanila,” she said. “And mahirap din naman na kalaban yung Petron so kailangan paghandaan din namin sila.”

Being in the team with some of the oldest players in the league, the former PSL MVP believes that age doesn’t really matter in volleyball.

“Pagdating naman sa loob ng court nawawala na yung edad, yung age gap,” she said. “Lumalabas na yung skills, lumalabas yung experience, so yun hindi naman big deal para samin na mas madaming matatanda sa team na to.”

“Syempre yung mas matagal na magkakasama. Yung sa talent naman lahat andyan pero iba parin yung matagal na, gamay niyo na yung isa’t isa.”

After beating the Victorias, 25-15, 25-20, 25-15, last Tuesday in Binan, Daquis said Army, headed by coach Kung Fu Reyes, is focused on improving further as the tourney wears on. 

“Syempre di natin masasabi pero para samin, gagawin namin yung best namin kasi lahat ng teams sobrang lakas,” she explained. “So kami rin, kailangan pagbutihin namin and kailangan mag improve pa kami.”

“Hindi kami pwedeng huminto sa level na to, kailangan pa-angat kami.” — By Joyce Palad