Philippine Air Force captain Wendy Semana knows history is on the line come the 13th Shakey’s V-League Open Conference Finals and she is raring to fulfill the call of duty.
The Jet Spikers have already made history by making the finals alone after bucking a late challenge by Laoag in a 5-set thriller Game 2 of their semifinals series at the FilOil Flying V Centre.
“Inangkin na namin yung game,” Semana said when asked what the team talked about during an on-court huddle right after the Power Smashers sent the game into a deciding set.
“Matibay yung service-receive naming noong first and second set kaya dun namin sila natalo, siguro doon nag-relax kami sa third and fourth set. Doon kami nag=focus noong fifth set na.”
With an assured finals spot, the Air Force have already secured at least a silver medal, something the team hasn’t done before with fourth place as their highest achievement in the tournament.
“Kung tutuusin zero yung team namin e. May nawala kaming player, bago din yung coach namin pati lahat ng coaching staff lahat bago. So nag-adjust kaming lahat,” she said. “Nangarap kami as a team. Masayang masaya kami kasi umabot kami ng finals hindi namin ine-expect kasi nga back to zero yung team.”
Even if the Jet Spikers finished the eliminations at the top spot, tainting Pocari Sweat’s unblemished record in the process, the veteran squad would usually go unnoticed lacking big stars on their roster.
Semana, on the other hand, used this as a motivation as the Air Force shoot for their first-ever league title.
“Panapanahon lang yan kasi pagdating sa amin wala kaming hakot na crowd. Sino ba si Wendy Semana? Sino ba si Cases [o] si Pantino? Sabi ko nga sa kanila gumawa tayo ng history para makilala tayo ng mga tao,” she said.
“Hindi kami papayag na underdog team namin. Siguro sa crowd oo pero sa skills lalaban at lalaban kami.” — By John Chester Fajardo