CRITICS have been unkind to the women's national volleyball team that has been through a lot in the past week.
Opposite spiker Jovelyn Gonzaga, however, chooses to see the silver lining behind the endless chaos perpetuated online.
For the soft-spoken volleybelle from Jordan, Guimaras, bashers have always given her the reason to perform at her best.
“Kung wala sila magiging complacent ka na lang, wala ka nang i-improve sa sarili mo," Gonzaga told SPIN Life on Tuesday at Strike Gym in Bacoor City. [Ang key is] ‘wag mo silang isipin na negative.”
"Ige-gauge mo lang lahat ng sasabihin nila na, ‘Ah, kailangan kong i-improve ang ganitong bagay’. Ganoon ako mag-isip sa mga bashers. Thankful ako sa kanila kasi dahil sa kanila pinu-push ko ang sarili ko na pagbutihan pa lalo,” she added.
The 2015 Southeast Asian Games team captain also pointed out that she’s been in the volleyball scene for too long to even feel down.
“Nag-uusap-usap kami [players] tungkol sa nangyayari so that’s normal, sa tagal ko sa mundo ng volleyball, hindi naman sila mawawala,” she said. “Ngayon pa ba ako maaapektuhan kung kailan umuusad na ang volleyball sa Pilipinas?"
The Pinay spikers finished third in the first leg of the ASEAN Grand Prix from September 20 to 22 held in Nakhon Ratchasima in Thailand. From October 4 to 6, the second leg of the inaugural tournament will held at Santa Rosa Multi-Purpose Sports Complex.
“Bronze is napakalaking bagay, every simple progress is a progress,” Gonzaga added.
Meanwhile, Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas Inc. and Philippine Super Liga said in a joint statement that they condemn the vicious bashing and accusations of 'inappropriate affair' directed at national player Ces Molina and national coach Shaq Delos Santos.