LIKE a true middle blocker, Mika Reyes blocked off all the negativity and instead welcomed the support and love after being named the 2016 Ms. Volleyball by the Philippine Sportswriters Association.
After the PSA announced the award for the former La Salle star, the pride of Pulilan, Bulacan both earned praise and drew flak from social media, but Reyes shrugged off the criticism.
“It is true that I’m not the most awarded player in my collegiate year, it is true also that I am loved and hated at the same time, but my love for the sport is what makes it all real,” she told SPIN.ph.
Reyes got the nod after capping her five-year UAAP career with a championship at the expense of arch rival Ateneo, which was led by Alyssa Valdez.
The Lady Spikers and the Lady Eagles had a five-year Finals showdown with the Taft-based squad winning the first two installments before the spikers from Katipunan evened the contest in 2014 and 2015.
After her successful UAAP campaign last year, Reyes played a vital role for F2 Logistics when the Cargo Movers copped their first title in the Philippine Super Liga All-Filipino Conference.
Reyes, who graduated with a degree in AB Psychology last June, was also named PSL ambassadress for the 2016 season and before the year ended she was tapped to be part of the ‘Magnificent 7’ that competed in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship.
“With all that I had achieved in the past year - it’s all because I just love playing and I love performing for you all,” she said.
“Thanks to my family, coaches, mentors and supporters. Thank you PSA,” she added.
The PSA Annual Awards Night is set on February 13 at the Le Pavillon in Pasay City.