Denden Lazaro doesn't mind body pain after returning to action in benefit match for typhoon victims
Denden Lazaro says seeing action in the commercial league might not happen anytime soon. Jerome Ascano

THE muscle pain isn’t likely to go away soon but Denden Lazaro doesn’t mind.

Despite the short notice, the former Ateneo star libero agreed to play indoor volleyball for the first time in six months, helping out friends on Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan in a fundraiser for victims of typhoon Nona.

Although busy at medical school, Lazaro still gets to play beach volleyball, but indoor volley is a game of power, and the adjustment wasn’t very easy.

“Ang weird ng feeling ang sakit sa katawan,” said Lazaro with a laugh after her first indoor match since suiting up for the Philippines in the Southeast Asian Games in Singapore.

“Wala talaga akong practice and 'di na talaga ako nakakalaro,” she said.

She suited up for Kiefer Ravena’s side and although the work didn’t get them the win — they bowed to Alyssa Valdez’s squad in three sets — she noted in the end the winners are the beneficiaries of the match.

[See Kiefer Ravena, Alyssa Valdez and friends raise P500K for typhoon victims through charity volleyball match]

“Masaya rin kasi I get to be with my former teammates and with other people na hindi naman nagba-volleyball na they came over and play for a good cause. Nakaka-miss din ’yung indoor part,” said Lazaro.

She played with former Ateneo teammates Gretchen Ho and Jem Ferrer, Charo Soriano, University of Santo Tomas basketball player Kevin Ferrer, Adamson spiker Bang Pineda, Russel Escoto of Far Eastern University and celebrities Yayo Aguila and Djanine Cruz.

Team Alyssa had Kiefer's mom Mozzy and sister Dani Ravena, Casey da Silva, Michelle Morente, Gelo Alolino, Richard Escoto, Michel Gumabao, Jen Reyes, Jaja Santiago, Santi Edralin and Ella de Jesus.

Lazaro came up with some good plays, but said there’s still no second thoughts about playing in the commercial leagues.

“Although now wala lang talaga akong time para maka-training or makasali ng team kasi wala rin akong time. I want to focus on my studies muna and that’s my first priority now.”

“We’ll see after my first year (in med school) kung makalaro ulit ako or I don’t know, bahala na.”

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