F2 Logistics’ Mika Reyes is the final local player added to the Philippine Superliga (PSL) All-Star line-up that will compete in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship slated on October 18 to 23 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
PSL President Ramon Suzara announced the former De La Salle University standout’s inclusion to the team on Thursday prior to their game against Peteon in Batangas City.
“She’s a proven winner having won three titles for De La Salle University in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines,” said Suzara.
The 22-year-old middle blocker will join teammate Kim Fajardo, RC Cola-Army’s Rachel Anne Daquis and Jovelyn Gonzaga, Petron’s Jen Reyes and Ces Molina, and Foton’s Jaja Santiago in the team.
Seven imports will join the seven local players.
“Mika is a very good defender who doesn’t get intimidated by taller, heftier opponents. We expect her to give her best and help the team in coming up with a respectable finish in this historic tournament,” added Suzara.
The PSL All-Star team will see action in Pool A against European champion Pomi Casalmaggiore of Italy, South American powerhouse Rexona Ades of Brazil and Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul of Turkey.
“Nothing will be easy. We have to work hard to give these giants a very good fight,” said Suzara.
Playing in Pool B are Asian top teams Bangkok Glass of Thailand and Hisamitsu Springs of Japan as well as VakifBank Istanbul of Turkey and Volero Zurich.
The PSL players will kick off their campaign against the Brazilians on October 18, against the Italians on October 20 and against the Turks on October 21.
“We have to form the best team possible. The goal is not only to put on a good show but also expose our young players to world-class competitions, something which we will need in future major international tournaments,” PSL Chairman Philip Ella Juico said.
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