Glenda Gregg overtakes the pros in the MVP race-A A +A
Sunday, June 22, 2014
REYNELEN Raterta, Joy Oliveros and Mitch Agton play like the pros as the Davao Lady Agilas.
They look headed to the finals with the other trio starters of Venus Flores, Libero Irish Dignadice of Jose Maria College, and Mary Grace Berte of the Holy Cross of Davao College.
Their team was the only team outside of Metro Manila to have reached the quarterfinals in the history of the SVL.
Coaches Shane Alagao and Abet Bernan steered them to an amazing run beating all the champion teams of the big cities starting with the reigning 2014 SVL First Conference champion Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws, NCAA champion San Sebastian College, 2013 SVL champion National University Lady Bulldogs and UAAP champion Ateneo de Manila Lady Eagles.
Against the Adamson University Lady Falcons for the right to play in the semis, the team lost steam and lost balance with Flores and Dignadice occasioned by the beach volley in Boracay.
Another reason for the lackluster finish after the exciting 7-game winning salvo was a late night tune up match with the 2013 SVL Open Conference champion Cagayan Valley Rising Suns, according to Princess Joy Olivares.
All we had was the patented gleeful Joy Oliveros smile when I told them to sleep like babies and play like monsters.
Coming home to play for their respective mother units in the city-government sponsored off-school league, Mitch Agton showed the same style that made her the top scorer of the SVL opening rounds.
With her as top scorer in the same line-up of individual awardees back home are Raterta as Best Setter, all-around Oliveros as Best Digger, Flores as Best Server and Berte as Best Blocker.
Youngest and newest addition to the summer league champion University of Mindanao Glenda Gregg Agang took the Most Valuable Player award. It was no surprise as Agang has been used to doing and achieving the same standard as main spiker of the Davao City National High School.
Together with former team captain Faith Maturan, who is reunited with Faye Sarmiento at the TIP Engineers of Makati, setter Rica Diolan, now with NU, libero Jarene Mae Salazar and Araw Ng Dabaw MVP Eunice Mabayao, they delivered the most number of championship titles to DCNHS for a number of years before graduating.
Hearing and seeing the expolits of the Davao Lady Agilas, Agang like Salazar went back home to have the chance of fighting for home, the place of their birth.
Agang also said that homesickness doesn't mix well with studies and volleyball.
The two Papa's girls have decided to go back home, Agang for UM and Salazar with JMC to be near fans, friends, lutong bahay and mama.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 23, 2014.