Petron made a strong recruiting coup when it acquired Mika Reyes to provide defensive stability on the team when the Philippine Superliga (PSL) Invitational Conference raises its curtains next month.
A strong middle blocker who saw action in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship last October, the 22-year old Reyes is being tipped as the answer to the Tri-Activ Spikers’ gaping hole at the middle following the departure of Cherry Nunag and CJ Rosario.
Nunag is said to be moving to Cignal while Rosario is reportedly taking a break to chase her dream of becoming a flight attendant.
It would be Reyes’ first attempt to compete outside the system of Ramil de Jesus after they won three titles for De La Salle University in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) and another crown for F2 Logistics in the PSL All-Filipino Conference last year.
Reyes said leaving her comfort zone comes with a heavy heart, but she has to do it for her to grow.
“It was indeed a tough decision,” said Reyes, who also served as PSL ambassador last year. “But Petron made it easier as we’ve laid out concrete plans for my personal and volleyball career. Petron also shared their long-term vision with my family and my management agency to ensure the best for me.”
After winning a pair of titles, including a historic sweep of the PSL All-Filipino Conference in 2015, Petron somehow lost it invincibility as the troika of Dindin Manabat, Rachel Anne Daquis and Aby Marano all bolted out.
Although the Tri-Activ Spikers made it all the way to the Grand Prix finals with import Stephanie Niemer running the show, they were swept by rampaging Foton in their best-of-three title series.
Reyes said she would do everything to help Petron regain its elite status.
“Joining Petron, I’ll consider myself as a newbie,” she said. “I’ll make sure to be a good team player, blend with my new teammates and give my full cooperation and trust to my new coach.”
“They can expect a persevering Mika out there trying her best to be a better player and a better person. I hope they grow with me on this new journey.”
Friday, 13 January 2017 00:00 Published in Sports
The Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas Inc. (LVPI) yesteday handed the national coaching chores to Sammy Acaylar and Francis Vicente for the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur this August.
LVPI president Joey Romasanta made the announcement, a day after the three-man search committee headed by LVPI acting president Peter Cayco sat down with the two veteran coaches to familiarize with their plans and programs for the national squad.
Acaylar, the seasoned mentor of University of Perpetual Help in the National Collegiate Athletics Association, will handle the national men’s team while Vicente will call the shots for the national women’s team, which will also campaign in the AVC Asian Women’s Club Championship in Manila also in August.
Romasanta said the body, which also has Jeff Tamayo and Rodrigo Roque as members, carefully scrutinized the credentials and past records of the two coaches before emerging as perfect choices out of LVPI’s 23-man pool of coaches.
Cayco said the next order of business is to come up with a list of their assistant coaches as well as chart the criteria for the selection of athletes.
There would also be nationwide tryouts in Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao.
“Walang star-star dito. If you want to serve the country through volleyball, submit yourself by attending the tryouts and hope for the best,” said Cayco, adding that they would form a 16-man team composed of six young and six seasoned players with four reserves.
Vicente, who handles Generika in the Philippine Superliga and University of the East in the University Athletics Association of the Philippines, was elated by the appointment, vowed to do everything to surpass the country’s forgettable finish in the previous Southeast Asia Games in Singapore.
Vicente said he is willing to take a non-active role in his Philippine Super Liga club to allot all his time and energy in running the national team program.
“I am willing to delegate my duties at Generika to my assistant coaches,” he said. “Working as a national team coach is a full-time job. My boss here is not my university, my club or the federation. My boss is my countrymen.”
Tryouts are expected to kick off in the first week of February.
The Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas Inc. (LVPI) formally faced the frontrunners in the derby for the national coaching post in the 29th Southeast Asian Games.
And its officials like what they heard from them.
LVPI acting president Peter Cayco listened to the plans and program of Francis Vicente and Sammy Acaylar who gamely shared their views in anticipation of their appointment as head coach of the national squad.
Cayco said he liked what he heard and would recomend his decision to the LVPI board of trustees, which would make the announcement on Friday.
Vicente, coach of Generika in the Philippine Superliga and University of the East in the University Athletic Association, is being tipped as having an inside track to the job after guiding the national under-19 team to an impressive finish in an Asian tourney last year.
He also used to mentor of stars Alyssa Valdez, Kim Fajardo, Myla Pablo and Jaja Santiago.
But Acaylar could also be a good pick, says some LVPI officials who are torn between the two.
The former Cignal coach, who was part of the coaching staff when the country last won the gold medal in the SEA Games in 1993, called the shots for the Nationals in the AVC Asian Women's Seniors Championship in 2015.
He also presented a solid program that would start with a nationwide tryout in Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao, where the country's best and tallest players would be tapped to join the 16-woman pool.
"Both of them presented very good programs. We're quite satisfied with what we heard," said Cayco.
Cayco reiterated that their major criteria is the coach's commitment, something which they saw in both Vicente and Acaylar.
Vicente, in fact, is willing to delegate his role to his assistant coaches in Generika while Acaylar already stepped down from Cignal, giving him a lot of time to run the program as soon as the collegiate season is over.
"They are both committed," Cayco said. "However, it's now up to the LVPI board to decide. We've done our part. The ball is now on their court."
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