Kim Fajardo, Jeanette Panaga show chemistry playing together

UVL 1.Wu Tsung-Hsuan (National Taiwan Normal University)

Friday’s Women’s Club World Championship tryouts held at the FilOil Flying V Centre turned into a volleyball spectacle for the people in attendance who got to witness PSL stars from different club teams playing together for a couple of scrimmages.

Though there are only 7 slots to be filled in the roster, all the 27 volleybelles who were invited showed up and showcased their talent in front of coaches like Sammy Acaylar, Ramil de Jesus and Kung Fu Reyes, who in turn gave their ratings per athlete by the end of the event.

One of the many exciting combinations that happened was when F2 Logistics’ Kim Fajardo played with Cignal’s Jeanette Panaga for a couple of rounds of intense volleyball action as they both discovered that they surprisingly have a good setter-spiker chemistry.

This tandem is in complete contrast to how the 2 were just a couple of days back when their respective club teams faced each other in the PSL opener where the extra action at the net piqued the fans’s attention.

“Best setter eh. Sobrang click kami and ang ganda ng set niya,” exclaimed Panaga a few minutes after the tryout wrapped up.

From slide attacks to b-quick kills, the setter made the middle blocker look good as the Benilde star converted kill after kill from the La Salle captain’s impressive playmaking.

On hoping to do a repeat performance in the international arena, the reigning NCAA best blocker shares: “Oo naman, 100% na sana si Kim (Fajardo) ang mapili. At sana ako din mapasama.”

Having tried her hand at Asian tourneys twice already, Panaga hopes to break into the world stage this time around if and when she gets chosen for the coveted spot.

Talking about her desire to make it to the team that will represent PH, she says: “Siguro 100% akong hoping na makuha ako. Ano na lang ‘yan eh, tiwala na lang sa sarili mo na dapat may self-confidence.”

“Pride na lang sa sarili mo ang nilalaban mo pag ganito kagagaling mga kasama mo eh. Tsaka siguro ang advantage na lang is kung ano ‘yung mga award na nakuha mo. Siguro mas makakatulong ako sa blocking talaga,” she added, talking about her advantage over other middle blockers like Jaja Santiago, Mika Reyes and Majoy Baron.

The PH delegates may not have gone through the semis of the Asian Club Championships the last time it sent a representative but Panaga is positive that the huge turnout of the club league’s biggest stars will do wonders when the country hosts the event a couple of months from now.

“Sa tingin ko mas malaki ang chance this time na lumaban kasi lahat naman ng na-invite dito sobrang lakas eh. Lahat ng nandito ngayon mga superstars sa kanya kanyang teams,” said the collegiate champ.

“Sobrang happy and nakakataba ng puso na na-invite kami dito,” she closed. — By Mac Dionisio