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Thursday, September 5, 2013
SHE dreamed of becoming a member of the PHL Women’s Volleyball Team. A dream shared by all athletes alike. Be they from the big city or small towns.
Danika Yolanda Gendrauli, a Cebuana, saw that dream become a reality when she was picked to be a member of the Philippne National Volleyball Team.
“It has been her dream to represent the country and she is seeing that come true and we could not be prouder,” said SWU athletic director Ryan Aznar.
Gendrauli used to be the star player for SWU before she played for Team Cignal in a commercial league Philippine Super Liga in Manila.
For Gendrauli, she obtained the biggest milestone of her volleyball career after earning the spot in the RP team that is bound for the 17th Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship in Thailand on Sept. 13 to 21.
“I feel so happy because I proved myself that I’m not only for the local tournaments but I can also be used in the national team,” Gendrauli told Sun.Star Cebu yesterday.
Gendrauli was picked along with 19 other volleyball players to represent our flag and country. The team is composed of team captain Ma. Angeli Tabaquero, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Angelique Dionela, Arianne Argarin, May Macatuno, Wenneth Eulalio, Ma. Paulina Soriano, Joy Benito, Sandra Delos Santos, Honey Royse Tubino, Relea Ferina Saet, Angela Benting and Faye Guevara.
Being included among the countries best Women volleyball players comes as a surprise for Gendrauli.
“I didn’t expect to be chosen to the RP team,” she said.
The RP women’s team is leaving for Thailand for the 17th Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship on Sept. 10.
The Philippines joins 12-time and defending Asian champions China, Iran and India in Pool A. Iran finished in last year’s tournament at eighth place at India, while India ended their campaign at 11th place.
There are four groups and a total of 16 teams in the tournament. The top two teams of the group stage after a single round robin will advance to the quarterfinals.
The RP Women’s team, ranked 112th in the world, is slated to face India on Sept. 13, Iran on Sept. 14 and China in Sept. 15.
The Philippines last joined the tournament, which is held every two years, in 2005 and finished ninth place. The highest the RP Women’s squad finished in the Asian Volleyball Championship was at fifth place in 1983 in Japan.
Aznar said that the good thing about this is that it is not a run-of-the-mill team as it is being bankrolled by business tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan.
“With Manny Pangilinan now supporting the national volleyball program, Philippine volleyball will reach new heights,” Aznar said.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 05, 2013.