Two-time NCAA MVP Grethcel Soltones’s move to Laoag during the break was a shock to followers of the V-League
And it turns out, it also came as a surprise to the San Sebastian power spiker herself.
“Si coach Roger (Gorayeb) kasi yung nagde-decide for me kung saan ako maglalaro na team. Ngayon, hindi ko rin alam kung anong reason ni coach kung bakit nag-Laoag ako,” she told FOX Sports after their tuneup game against the Bureau of Customs Thursday night.
This doesn’t mean, though, that Soltones doesn’t want to suit up for the Power Smashers in the Reinforced Conference that fires off Saturday.
As a matter of fact, she is excited to mesh with coach Nes Pamilar and the other Laoag hitters.
“Thankful din naman ako para rin naman maiba yung experience ko sa ibang mga players,” she said of the team that also welcomed NU’s Jorelle Singh and Aiko Urdas, and fellow ex-Bali Pure player Alyssa Eroa to the fold.
All 4, along with current Laoag and San Sebastian middle blocker Kat Villages, are handled by Gorayeb in the UAAP and the NCAA.
“Sobrang happy kasi kami mas bata,” Soltones said. “Yung team kasi namin ngayon, sobrang babata pa so nagkaka-intindihan kami.”
Unlike with the Purest Water Defenders, where she played side-by-side with superstar Alyssa Valdez, Soltones will have a lot more responsibilities this time around.
The Cebu native, however, is unfazed.
“I will not play for myself. It’s a team naman so kailangan lang namin mag work as a team,” she stressed. “Pag pine-pressure mo sarili mo, hindi mo talaga magagawa yung dapat mong gawin.”
“Mag-eenjoy lang kami this conference kasi we’re still yougn and marami pa kaming lalaruin.” — By John Chester Fajardo