As Jen Reyes entered the ‘Magnificent 7,’ one of the first members of the team that will represent the Philippines in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship welcomed her with open arms.
“Di na natin ma-question ang galing niya,” said Jovelyn Gonzaga about the star libero. “Ever since naman sa mga awards na natanggap niya, mapapatunayan na deserving talaga siya.”
Deserving, though, could be an understatement for the collection of accolades Reyes has had ever since she started playing as the defensive specialist for NU in the collegiate ranks.
Excelling in all fronts of duties of a libero in the UAAP, the V-League, and the PSL, the former Lady Bulldog was finally granted the rare chance of representing the country on Tuesday in front of a supportive Batangas crowd.
“I’m so proud of her, for these past few days lagi kaming nagkakakwentuhan, yung passion niya talaga to serve the country nanduon eh,” said Gonzaga after their game against Generika Life Savers. “This is God’s gift talaga para sa kanya.”
Meanwhile, the 24-year old veteran spiker also shares no debate is needed when it comes to Kim Fajardo’s selection in the team, even though she has not yet experienced the current UAAP’s best setter brilliance first-hand.
It will be the first time Gonzaga and Fajardo will meet in the taraflex court on Saturday when their unbeaten squads clash for the number one spot in the eliminations.
“No doubt, no questions, alam natin talaga na si Kim na ang pinaka top setter sa Philippines, and she deserves it, kahit ako saludong saludo sa kanya,” she said about F2’s playmaker, adding she is excited to compete with the Batangas pride.
Looking forward to play with some of the best volleybelles in the country, Gonzaga stressed the key will just be leaning on trusting each other’s ability.
“Tulad nila, hindi sila nagbibigay ng doubt, di nila ako kwinekwestyon, ganun din yung ibibigay ko sa kanila, 1OO% and everything will follow, makikita na lang nila sa laro,” said the Guimaras native. — By Jason Mercene