De La Salle University outgoing players Mika Reyes and Ara Galang are both aiming to become members of the country’s national volleyball team that will compete in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) in Malaysia.
Reyes and Galang are plotting their new direction after their stint in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP).
“Yes, of course. We are willing to try-out since wala naman mawawala kung mag try out kami,” said Reyes on Tuesday at the weekly Philippine Sportswriters Association forum in Malate, Manila)
“Who will refuse to represent her country? If ever, given a chance, I’ll grab it,” added Reyes.
For Galang, representing the country in any international competitions means honor and prestige.
“We want to represent our country to showcase and tell them how proud are we to play for all the Filipinos,” Galang said.
The 21-year old Galang, a native of Angeles, Pampanga, is happy that she ended her UAAP career with a win. But Galang has one term left in her Entrepreneurship course.
Reyes is set to graduate next month.
Team captain Kim Fajardo is still undecided if she will play next season, which is her final year of eligibility as a UAAP player. “I am undecided until now and still considering many things,” said Fajardo who cited “family matters” as a major factor in whatever decision she would make.
Fajardo said she would grab the opportunity to play for the national team if given a chance.
“I will grab that chance since there are a lots times [my]playing for the national [team]was halted. But let’s give it a try, again, now. It is a huge opportunity for us and sometime in your life, you need to carry and fly our Philippine flag,” Fajardo said.
Like Galang, Carol Cerveza that also has one more term left in her studies is open to possibilities.
Mika Esperanza, however, is sure to enter medical school next term hence playing in any commercial league is an option but not a priority.
“It will be hard to do both,” Esperanza concluded.
The Lady Spikers are fresh from winning their ninth volleyball title after beating Ateneo de Manila University in Game 3 of the UAAP finals.
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