Open hitter Frances Molina of Petron was named the sixth member of the Philippine Superliga (PSL) All-Star team that will compete in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship (WCWC) slated on October 18 to 23 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
PSL President Ramon Suzara and training director Sammy Acaylar made the announcement on Sunday at The Arena in San Juan City.
“We chose her for her power and ability to handle pressure. More than anything else, she’s only 21 and she still has a lot of good years ahead of her, especially if she can gain good exposure in a prestigious tournament such as the FIVB WCWC,” said Suzara.
Molina, who was born and raised in Nueva Ecija, was a member of the Philippine contingent that competed in the Asian Volleyball Confederation Asian Women’s Club Championship in 2015 and in the Thai-Denmark Super League held in Bangkok this year.
Molina was named Second Best Open Hitter and was part of the Tri-Activ Spikers squad that emerged with a clean 13-0 sweep in the PSL All-Filipino Conference last year.
“Although this came as a surprise, I am so honored to be part of the team,” said Molina, who is still recovering from a shoulder injury.
“I am looking forward to test my skills and talent against the best teams in the world and, at the same time, learn more from our foreign teammates and coaches. This is such a major achievement,” she added.
She will join Rachel Anne Daquis and Jovelyn Gonzaga of RC Cola-Army, Kim Fajardo of F2 Logistics, Jen Reyes of Petron, and Jaja Santiago of Foton in the team.
One more local player will be named in the 14-woman pool, which is composed of seven locals and seven foreign reinforcements.
The All-Star team will collide against Rexona Ades of Brazil, Pomi Casalmaggiore of Italy, Hisamitsu Springs of Japan, Bangkok Glass of Thailand, Volero Zurichof Switzerland, and VakifBank and Eczacibasi VitrA of Turkey.