Jovelyn Gonzaga and Rachel Anne Daquis are the first two confirmed
members of the Philippine Superliga (PSL) team that will compete in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship scheduled on October 18 to 23 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. PSL president Ramon “Tats” Suzara made the announcement on Thursday evening.
“We are really overwhelmed because out of many who tried-out for this, I made it. All the pressures now were gone and at the same time it is really a dream come true for me,” the 24-year old Gonzaga told The Manila Times in an interview.
Gonzaga said that even though she’s praying for her inclusion in the list, she is not expecting anything in return.
“I am not expecting anything because I don’t want to be hurt nor disappointed. But deep inside, I am very hopeful and praying to be included in the roster because it is really my dream,” she said.
Gonzaga is keen on proving her doubters wrong for the sake of her fans, “I know there are doubters but there are also people who really support us. We are thankful to our fans that are wholeheartedly guiding and supporting us toward our journey in the World championships. We are also thankful to them [doubters]because they serve as an inspiration to us to really strive and train hard for us to meet their expectations. But not only that – meeting our expectations we set for ourselves to improve and prove them that we are worthy of these slots,” said Gonzaga.
The Philippine team will be composed of seven local players and seven foreign players.
“They are the two of the country’s best players. It is only fitting to invite them to be part of the team that will compete in the best club tournament in the world. We welcome Rachel and Jovelyn on board and we hope that they will do everything to make us proud,” said Suzara.
The PSL All-Star team will test its mettle against seven of the world’s best teams namely Rexona Ades of Brazil, Bangkok Glass of Thailand, Volero Zurich of Switzerland, Hisamitsu Springs of Japan, Eczacibasi Vitra Istanbul and Vakif Bank Istanbul of Turkey as well as Pomi Casalmaggiore of Italy.