As proof that the sport of volleyball is experiencing a popular revival in the Philippines, a big crowd showed up recently for the PSL-F2 Logistics Manila at the Music Hall of Mall of Asia to express support to the team set to compete in yet another international tournament.
Skipper Rachel Anne Daquis bannered the star-studded team when it mingled with nearly a thousand fans, who came to wish the team well before it wages war against seven of the best club teams in the world for the prestigious FIVB Women’s Club Championship starting Oct. 18 at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Daquis, the star spiker of RC Cola-Army in the Philippine Superliga, was joined by local stars Mika Reyes, Kim Fajardo, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Frances Molina, Jen Reyes and Jaja Santiago in rubbing elbows with the fans in a two-hour program full of fun, games and surprises.
Comely Yevgeniya Nyukhalova of Ukraine, Stephanie Niemer and Lindsay Stalzer of the United States, Tichaya Boonlert of Thailand, Lynda Morales of Puerto Rico, Yuri Fukuda of Japan and Ekaterina Krivets of Russia were also present to sign autographs and pose for photographs with many local fans.
And as an added treat, Shun Takahashi also made an appearance, much to the delight of a large group of screaming young girls who trooped to the venue armed with banners and placards just to personally meet the good-looking Japanese coach and trainer.
“This is our way of soliciting their support for a tough task ahead,” said Daquis, whose charm and winning attitude made her a favorite among local fans. “We thank them for coming over and throwing their support. We hope to see all of them when we start competing in the FIVB CWC on Oct. 18.”
Krivets added that it is her first time to fans going out of their way to support them.
“We’re so flattered and overwhelmed with the kind of support they are giving us,” said Krivets.