MIKA REYES THRILLED ON PVL MATCH-UPS; REKINDLES CLASSIC RIVALRY WITH SOME LADY EAGLES IN THE LEAGUE
Mika Reyes elates in seeing action in the first-ever season of the transitioned pro league for the first time in her career, as well as rekindles collegiate rivalry with Creamline’s Alyssa Valdez and Jia Morado, Choco Mucho’s Bea De Leon and Maddie Madayag.
As Sta. Lucia announced their leap from Philippine SuperLiga (PSL) to the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) last Tuesday, Mika Reyes averred that the move did not catch her by surprise.
“Hindi na rin ako nagulat kasi malaki ‘yung chance na lilipat kami,” the four-time PSL Best Middle Blocker told The Game.
“Na heads-up na rin naman kami na 50-50 chance talaga na lumipat, at huwag na kami magulat ‘pag lumipat kami sa kabilang liga. Siyempre, sabi ko, nakaka-miss din talaga maglaro sa PSL. But this time, wow, different league naman. Exciting,” she continued.
Then, the Lady Realtors gained the green light from the Games and Amusements Board (GAB) and the local government of Rizal that approved One Cainta as the team’s facility.
The 26-year-old middle hitter also indicated that the battlefield will come out balanced since a lot of players will be playing from a long hiatus because of the pandemic.
“From a very long break tapos kakabalik niyo pa lang ng volleyball, bago pa lahat, I think lahat ng players maninibago. Eventually, makakapa rin namin ‘yung paglalaro namin,” Reyes shared.
Despite the excitement, as she enters a new dawn on May 8 to meet old foes once again, the multi-awarded middle blocker marvels collegiate rivalries with some Lady Eagles in the league and asserts that she is looking forward to competing with all teams.
“Sobrang dami kasi ang dami kong hindi nakalaban sa PSL na hindi ko nakalaban nung college. Siyempre, ‘yung rival school namin na players from Ateneo. Tapos ‘yung mga galing sa different league like NCAA, pati na ‘yung mga dumiretso from college to PVL,” Reyes said.
“Lahat ng teams of course. Actually kahit yung mga teams from our previous league, since halos lahat nabago ang lineup. Ibang labanan ito!”