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PH spikers vow to go all out in Asian championships

Odds stacked

Odds are definitely stacked against the Philippines, who are competing in the tournament for the first time since finishing 9th in the 2005 championships in Taicang, China.

With a lineup that also consists of Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Angela Benting, Pau Soriano, Chie Saet, Jheck Dionela, Rose Vargas, Wenneth Eulalio, Joy Benito, Royse Tubino, Danika Gendrauli, Datuin, Arianne Argarin and Lizlee Gata-Pantone, the Filipinas will be considered underdogs come game time. 

Despite this, head coach Nes Pamilar isn’t fazed at all.

“Gagawin namin lahat ng magagawa namin,” he said. “Halos lahat baguhan pero yung puso at determinasyon, nandun. Kailangan lang magtulong-tulong para matalo ang kalaban.”

His team captain, former University of Santo Tomas star Angeli Tabaquero shares Pamilar’s courage.

“Ang aura ng team palaban,” she added. “We come from different schools pero may puso bawat isa sa amin. Lalaban kami.”

“Laban na,” stressed Datuin, who played for De La Salle University in the Lady Spikers’ glory years. “Pinaghandaan talaga namin ito.” - with reports from Mark Dionisio/Rappler.com