2016, they say, is truly Mika Reyes’s year.
Just last April, after 5 years of donning the green and white in the UAAP, the middle blocker exited the collegiate league with a bang by winning the Season 78 tilt against arch-rival Ateneo, signalling La Salle’s return to the top of the PH volley scene.
A couple of months later, Reyes tucked another achievement under her belt when she finished her degree in Psychology which was shortly followed by her appointment as the new PSL Ambassadress, succeeding teammate Cha Cruz.
People thought the blessings pouring Reyes’s way has already reached fever-pitch when she was chosen to be one of 7 Filipina spikers to represent the PSL in the forthcoming World Club Women’s Championships to be held in Manila this October.
But on Wednesday, in front of a jam-packed FilOil Flying V Arena, the Bulacan native soared to new heights when her loaded service ace notched her and F2 Logistics’ first-ever PSL title, turning back a sluggish Foton crew.
Through all the good things happening, however, Reyes shuns the thought of the year being hers for the taking.
“Hindi siguro my year. It’s my team’s year,” she told FOX Sports.
“Hindi lang ako ‘yung nandito. Team kami pumasok dito. Lahat kami nagpakahirap at team effort ito,” she added. “It’s our year. It’s La Salle team’s year.”
Though already a 2-time UAAP champion 3 years ago, Reyes made 2016 her banner year as she went up for blocks, added a little juice to her spikes and serves, and even provided good floor coverage for the Lady Spikers and the Cargo Movers.
As she celebrated each point with her patented sweet smile and a couple of dance moves here and there, you get the notion that what she does comes easy.
Only it wasn’t.
“I was down in many aspects of my life. Ang naging pattern sakin hindi sa lahat ng oras nasa taas ka talaga,” she said talking about the challenging road to redemption she and her teammates had to go through.
True enough, the former Lady Spiker had to fully embody the role of a leader in her last tour of duty for the Taft crew just so they can recover from the heartbreaks that were Seasons 76 and 77.
“It serves as a motivation.”
“Wala rin namang makakatulong sa akin kundi sarili ko. Siyempre tinulungan ko sarili ko na makabangon ulit and gawing motivation lahat ng mga paghihirap ko,” she shared.
“Kailangan mo pagdaanan ulit ‘yung mga paghihirap para makamit mo ulit mga goals mo,” she added.
Up to this day, when Reyes is enjoying the view from the penthouse, the spiker’s non-believers are still out in abundance casting doubt on each and every one of her achievements.
This, apparently, is the least of Reyes’s concerns for she simply cannot ask for more.
“Ano pa nga ba ang gusto ko? Ang totoo wala naman na akong mahihiling pa kasi sobra-sobra na ‘yung binigay sakin,” she closed. — By Mac Dionisio