GABE Norwood is proud to see his cousin, Alohi Robins-Hardy, continuously bloom with United Volleyball Club in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix.
The PBA star watched the game of his cousin together with his wife and two sons on Tuesday at the Arena in San Juan City, where Robins-Hardy dished out 27 excellent sets on top of for points, helping United VC beat Foton, 25-18, 25-23, 25-22, to boost its bid for the twice-to-beat advantage for the quarterfinals.
“It’s just awesome to have her out here, my family visited a lot just to see my cousin out here competing at the highest level possible level here in the country,” said the Rain or Shine star.
When Robins-Hardy was selected to be part of the women’s national pool, the 6-foot-2 setter shared that Norwood, a national team mainstay, was her inspiration to heed the call to be part of the country’s goal to end the 14-year medal drought in the Southeast Asian games.
Norwood was glad that his long term service for the men’s national basketball team had some impact for the Brigham Young University standout, who could don the Philippine colors for the first time.
“It’s humbling. You know, it’s why you play, it’s why you represent the country to bring and joy to your family and ultimately to the entire country,” Norwood said. “But to know that I had some type of impact in her wanting to be here, wanting to represent the country is pretty humbling to me. I’m proud of her and hopefully she continues to carry things on well for the game of volleyball in the country.”
Norwood has been always expressive how proud he is for her cousin but as much as possible, they don't talking about their national team selections and respective sports every time they have family dinner and conversations.
“Bits and pieces. Her whole time getting here was so quick. I heard a rumor that she was coming, I messaged her and I don’t even think she was sure yet and the next thing you know she was here,” Norwood said. “We don’t usually talk about sports too much to be honest. It’s kind of our break away from our games just being able to sit down have family time.”
Norwood vows to be always there for Robins-Hardy whenever she needs him and he can’t wait to his cousin grow and blossom as one of the top volleyball players in the country.
“Anything she needs, I’ll always extend my hand. If she needs me. I’m here,” Norwood said. “But at the same time. I’ll tryna let her grow up too, this is her second job out of college. She’s gonna have some growing pains but I’m excited. I’m here for her always.”