La Salle Lady spikers cite welcoming Dabawenyos-A A +A
Saturday, September 14, 2013
REIGNING UAAP champions De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady spikers cited the warm welcome they received from people of Davao City upon their arrival here on Friday afternoon for a charity volleyball match set on Saturday evening at the Unversity of Southeastern Philippines (Usep) Gym.
The DLSU Lady Spikers, led by team captain Abigal Maraño, gamely answered questions posed by media and Davao fans during a meet-and-greet at The Annex acitivity center of SM City Davao Friday night.
Maraño, a first-time visitor, said: "Davao is one of my dream place in the country. It's really a privilege for us to be here."
Open spiker Desiree Cheng said it's her first time to come having also played in the Shakey's V-League here during High School.
Dawn Macandili, for her part, said: "Ang ganda po ng place ninyo dito sa Davao. Napaka-welcoming ng mga Dabawenyos. We hope to inspire more people here."
Victonara "Ara" Galang, for her part, said: "Ang ganda po ng Davao. Thankful po talaga ako na makarating dito."
Diminutive setter Mika Esperanza said, "Masayang-masaya po kami sa mga suporta ng mga tagarito sa amin. Excited napo akong tikman ang durian, pomelo at mangosteen. Sobrang linis po ng place."
The Lady Spikers were set to clash against the Manila Volleyball All-Stars composed of the Ateneo de Manila University's Fille Cainglet and Suzanne Roces, former DLSU team captain Cha Cruz and Stephanie Mercado, Adamson University's Mayette Zapanta, and National University's Ruby de Leon, Jen Reyes and Jaja Santiago.
Mika Reyes, when asked if six-footer Santiago will pose a threat to their team in the exhibition game, said: "There's no threat because I am not playing alone, I have my teammates with me."
Kim Dy said Santiago is a very good player and very tall.
"We just need to play smart. She jumps high with a high reach but just like our team captain said, dapat mautak kami sa game," Dy said.
The charity game, presented by JCI Central Davao, will benefit the Balay sa Adunay Pangandoy Youth Rehabilitation in Panacan.
The La Salle Lady Spikers also conducted a free volleyball clinic for public school teams at the University of the Immaculate Conception (UIC) Bajada Gym after their mall visit.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 15, 2013.