Just like everyone in the RC Cola Army team, Rachel Daquis struggled in the early goings of their match against F2 Logistics Saturday at the jam-packed FilOil Flying V Centre.
With her attacks either going out, getting roofed or sent flying straight into the net, Daquis and the Lady Troopers fell into a deep 0-2 hole, already looking straight into the eyes of defeat.
Taking the blame for her slow start, the former FEU standout admitted that the loud crowd of the opponents got her a little shaken.
“Sabi nga ni coach masyado naming iniintindi ‘yung crowd. Kumbaga sanay naman kami sa ganun. Medyo naingayan kami. At least naka-adjust naman kami,” she told FOX Sports.
Aside from momentarily losing focus, Daquis also mentioned how her desire to provide a lift to her teammates got the best of her, saying: “Nanggigigil ako. Sabi ni coach relax lang dapat. Laruin lang kung ano ang laro ko.”
Luckily for the Lady Troopers, the entry of veteran setter Tina Salak in the third frame completely changed the complexion of their offense, giving the spikers more room to connect and convert their attacks into points.
Jovelyn Gonzaga solidified her hold as one of the best—if not the best—opposite spikers today with 19 points as she dismantled the dominant net defense of the Cargo Movers with her well-angled crosscourt kills.
Daquis, on the other hand, woke up from her slumber starting in the penultimate set which she ended with her patented serve as she finished with 14 points off 10 kills and 4 service aces.
The secret to Daquis’s second wind? Words of wisdome from Joel Osteen, she says.
“Lagi kasi akong nakikimig kay Joel Osteen,” she revealed. “Lagi kong sinasabi na I can handle it. Pag hindi ako nakaka-score lagi kong sinasabi na kaya ko ‘yan. Babawi ako. ‘Yun ang hugot.”
“May mantra ako na pag ganun nangyayari sa akin kinakausap ko ‘yung sarili ko. Ini-imagine ko ‘yung sarili ko na napapatay ko ‘yung bola,” added the outside hitter.
Alas, RC Cola’s efforts were not enough to outlast the younger F2 team with the former sputtering in the final stretch of the match-up, 22-25, 14-25, 25-21, 28-26, 10-15.
If you ask Daquis, however, you’d still get the usual positive aura she’s been knowm to exude, saying not all their hard work was in vain.
“Natalo man ngayon, natuto kami. Natuto kami sa kanila. ‘Yun naman ang importante dun. Nabigyan din naman namin sila ng magandang game,” she said, himbly accepting defeat.
Talking about facing F2 anew in less than 24 hours, she closed by saying: “Bukas panibagong game ‘yun. Kalimutan kung ano ang game ngayon. Babawi kami bukas. Ibang game at ibang araw na ‘yun. Tapos na ‘yun.” — By Mac Dionisio