By: Alexandrea Suñga
GRACE under pressure isn’t only found in beauty queens, models, or actresses, but also in volleyball players, especially during crucial games and match point situations.
As team captain for Generika-Ayala, Angeli Araneta shared that even though she has a huge responsibility on her shoulders, she feels no pressure at all.
The former University of the Philippines standout expressed that communication is the key to putting the team together, knowing each other for so long, they have managed to adjust to everyone’s attitudes and characters.
“Madali naman makausap [ang teammates ko] eh. Kahit text mo lang or kausapin mo lang siya in person. Pagdating sa training, sumusunod naman,” said Araneta.
However, a team isn’t complete without a “pasaway” and Araneta knows how to handle the situation.
According to her, professionalism is already established in the team and that lessened the pressure on her as the team captain for two years.
She also noted that not having a student-athlete in the team gave her less responsibility as they are often considered babies who need more guidance from the seniors.
“Wala na siyang pressure kasi ang iniisip ko is yung mga teammates ko all professional tsaka wala na rin namang student na kailangan mong sobrang i-guide so more on friends and pagiging professional lang,” said Araneta.
Araneta mentioned that the only downside of being the captain is that she’s the go-to person when there are questions about game loss and team problems.
However, she also noted that despite the drawbacks, her experience gives her the advantage in leading the team.
“May pressure rin minsan pero yun nga depende rin how you handle it as a person,” she said.
If there’s too much pressure on the court, one way to keep her team intact is to bond over mobile games.