THE PLDT Home Fibr Speed Hitters capped off their offseason recruitment spree by signing one of the country’s finest and most popular middle blockers in Mika Reyes for their upcoming campaign in the 2022 Premier Volleyball League (PVL) season.
For the 27-year-old native of Pulilan, Bulacan, the High Speed Hitters will help develop her into a more complete player.
“First of all, team composition plays a big factor in my success because they were really looking for middles,” said Reyes. “Then of all the teams that made an offer, I really felt like they were the ones who really wanted me. I was surprised that they were interested in signing me to their team and for that I’m very grateful.”
In PLDT, Reyes will try to reignite the winning magic she had with Rhea Dimaculangan, with whom she won three championships during their time in Petron from 2017-19. In addition, she gets to play alongside former Sta. Lucia players Dell Palomata and Jovie Prado.
“We’re all better this time. We have something to share with each other. We’re also playing on another level. After three years, we’re together again and we carry so much experience with us,” the four-time PSL Best Middle Blocker said.
What excites Reyes the most is that she finally gets to be under the tutelage of PLDT’s new head coach George Pascua.
“This is a great learning experience for me to adjust with his system. I trust his goals for the team and I trust my new teammates as well.”
With their splashy offseason, expectations will be high for PLDT as they seek to make a jump to elite status after finishing in seventh place in last year’s open conference. But Reyes, though, wants to temper it, saying that the team has to gel first before they can set the high standards set on them.
“I’m a team player and as long as we work out our chemistry, that will help us a lot. With such a major revamp by PLDT, team chemistry will be our utmost challenge.
January 21, 2022
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