LA Salle star Mika Reyes laughed that she felt dwarfed while in the company of her new teammates at Meralco, but she's confident her Philippine Super Liga will help her and Lady Spikers teammates stand tall in the UAAP.
“Nanliit nga ako,” she said with a giggle after her first two games with the Power Spikers in the semi-pro tournament. “Usually ako ‘yung pinakamatangkad (sa isang team) or most of the time isa sa mga pinakamatangkad. So sobrang laking challenge to for me.”
Reyes and three other Lady Spikers – Kim Fajardo, Cyd Demecillo and Mary Baron – have joined former La Salle aces Cha Cruz and Paneng Mercado at Meralco, which is coached by eight-time UAAP champion coach Ramil de Jesus, who also calls the shots for the Lady Spikers in the UAAP.
Now playing alongside imports Christina Alessi and Liss Kullerkan, the 5-10 middle blocker is confident the Super Liga experience will go a long way when the Lady Spikers return to the UAAP for her final season with the team.
“Of course, look at the brighter side makakatulong siya talaga sa experience din,” she said. “Ine-expect ko talaga sobrang taas ng level na paglalaro ng volleyball, kasi hindi naman to katulad ng iba na mga kalaban mo fresh from high school, ngayon semi-pro na talaga.”
La Salle is raring to get back in the winners' circle after finishing runner-up to rival Ateneo the past two seasons and Reyes is again expected to lead the campaign.
The 21-year-old is confident she will be an even better player after the Super Liga experience.
“Makakatulong rin ‘yun sakin for exposure sa tournament before UAAP,” said Reyes. “At saka maganda rin na makalaban ‘yung mga imports. Ngayon lang din ako makakapaglaro against them.”
“Ang dami ko lang nakukuha na tactics, na strategy, sa kanila (imports) since iba nga ang laro sa ibang bansa and helpful din ‘yun for me and for the team,” she continued.
Reyes and Meralco, who have lost their first two games, will get back in action on Thursday against RC Cola Air Force.