Rachel Daquis wants to prove doubters wrong in Worlds stint

Breaking down in tears after getting picked to join the PH team to play in the FIVB World Club Women’s Championships here later this year, Rachel Anne Daquis vowed to give it her best shot. 

“Nakaka-pressure kasi hindi naman lahat ng tao naniniwala sayo,” she said. “Ibibigay ko na lang yung best ko and alam ko naman na bawat isa sa amin may role. Kung ano man binigay sa aming role, paninindigan na lang namin. Blessed naman kami na makuha kami.”

Once one of the country’s most lethal outside hitters, Daquis has been a steady force for RC Cola-Army in recent years, helping the Lady Troopers win championships here and there while occasionally getting named Finals MVP.

And although she has been in the limelight for so long, the 28-year-old still has a chip on her shoulder.

“We cannot please everyone,” she stressed. “For me, as an athlete, itatry ko yung best ko. Magtetrain ako ng mabuti para mawala yung mga doubts na pinapakita sakin at kung ano pang naririnig ko sa ibang tao.”

Nonetheless, the former FEU superstar and PSL MVP shared what’s more important is that people behind the selection process picked her to be part of only 7 Filipinos who will join the team.

This, she believes, will fuel her as they prepare to battle against some of the world’s best club teams.

“Nagpapasalamat ako kasi may tiwala sakin yung mga tao behind this, the PSL,” she explained. “I know na may mga sari-sarili kaming role for this and yun nga, sabi ko nga na, kung ano man yung role na ibigay sakin syempre gagampanan ko ng buo sa puso ko.” — By Joyce Palad