Pitted against a much-favored Pocari Sweat squad in the Shakey’s V-League Open Conference Finals, Air Force needed some reinforcements in the crowd to boost their championship bid.
Responding to a different kind of call of duty, to the rescue were their family, friends, and comrades, who travelled all the way from Villamor Airbase in Pasay to PhilSports Arena in Pasig to backstop their volleyball heroines on the taraflex court.
Clad in their blue and yellow uniform, the Air Force cheerers did not go unprepared for a war in the stands as they also brought their own marching band, complemented by streamers and balloons.
They were, though, silenced at first when the top seed Jet Spikers could not get their offensive firepower going with the Lady Warriors looking to draw first blood.
But when the match started working to their favor, the fans in uniform made their presence felt that helped their veteran Air Force belles in hijacking the fourth set after an ugly start then ambushing Pocari in the decider to complete the comeback mission.
“Sabi ko nga sa milagro na lang kung manalo sa 4th set, ayun nagmilagro nga so nasa amin yung momentum,” said ex-sergent Danny Orsua, one of the Air Force supporters who watched the intense game.
Orsua, who is also a volleyball player who once teamed up with Jet Spikers’ Angel Antipuesto and Yna Louise Papa, believes the entire team can manage to pull off a miracle.
“Siyempre solid yan,” said Orsua. “Yung commander namin, talagang suporta sa mga sports na ganito.”
With Air Force in the verge of their first championship in V-League on Saturday, expect them in full force again.
“Sigurado yon,” he said. — By Jason Mercene