Dzi Gervacio retires from indoor (for now) to focus on beach volleyball

Mar 18, 2021

AFTER making waves in both indoor and beach volleyball, veteran star Dzi Gervacio said that she's decided to concerntrate on just the sands, at least for now.

"I have decided to stick and focus with beach na lang," she told SPIN Life in a phone call interview on Thursday.

Her interview comes a month after her appointment as head of the FEU university volleyball program. Today, coaches admiringly told Spin.ph in a separate report about how hands-on Gervacio in coordination and administration tasks.

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Over the phone, the 29-year-old Perlas Spiker told SPIN Life that her decision to focus on beach is anchored on the goal of the Beach Volleyball Republic (BVR), an organization she co-founded with Gretchen Ho, Fille Cainglet-Cayetano, Bea Tan, and Charo Soriano.

"It's time to focus on the sand now, 'cause that was the concept BVR is fighting for. It was our goal to create something for players to be able to focus on just one sport," she said.

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Gervacio was part of the Philippine team that won the bronze medal in the recent 30th Southeast Asian Games. She was joined by Sisi Rondina, Bernadette Pons, and Dji Rodriguez.

She also clarified that there could be chances in the future for her to welcome indoor back, but for now, she's focused on beach, especially in the upcoming Vietnam SEA Games.

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"I'm not closing my doors just yet, but now, the focus is just beach," she said.

In the past, BVR has already held more than 40 legs of tournaments. It has also organized two Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) World Tours including the Manila 2018, and Boracay 2019.

Known as the 'Queen of Jump Serve,' she was part of the famous Ateneo Fab Five — together with Ho, Jem Ferrer, Cainglet-Cayetano, and A Nacachi — which changed the landscape of the Lady Eagle's women's volleyball in their time,

Dzi also played for three club teams in the pros, starting with the Foton Tornadoes in 2014 to 2015, before moving on to Bali Pure in 2016 and Perlas in 2017.

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She emerged as one of the top opposite hitters with her tremendous attacks and services. She was also noted for her outstanding floor defense.

Aside from Gervacio's ongoing role in FEU, she is also currently a member of the Beach Volleyball Commission of Philippine National Volleyball Federation.

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