TACLOBAN’s newest addition, Dimdim Pacres, is out to prove her worth and reintroduce herself in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference.
In just her second game with Tacloban, Pacres unleashed 21 points — highlighted by a strong game-winning hit — to help the Fighting Warays in edging Pocari Sweat-Air Force Lady Warriors in five sets, 18-25, 25-20, 25-22, 20-25, 15-9, to end a three-game skid and finish the first round on a high note on Saturday at the Arena in San Juan City.
The hard-hitting opposite spiker sees it as a huge opportunity to show her worth after an unconvincing UAAP Season 80 performance with UST Tigresses.
“Malaking opportunity siya kasi doon ko lang maprove ulit yung self ko kasi ang pangit nga ng pinakita ko nung (UAAP) season,” said Pacres, who is playing for her second club team this year following a stint with Smart-Army last Philippine Superliga Invitational.
“Noong Smart, 'di ba maganda-ganda naman yung performance ko, (sana) hanggang dito rin. Kailangan ko talaga i-prove sa kanila at ibalik ko yung sarili ko kung paano ako maglaro sa loob," she added.
With the exit of UE players Judith Abil and Seth Rodriguez, Tacloban head coach Nes Pamilar decided to recruit Pacres together with Alina Bicar, who will suit up after Uni Games Dumaguete 2018, in their tune-up against UST with Tigresses coach Kung Fu Reyes and Rev. Fr. Jannel Abogado giving their blessing.
“Last game namin na nagfifth set medyo hindi pa sila ganun kumbaga dumating silang dalawa, si Pacres tsaka si (Jeannie) Delos Reyes doon lang sa araw na yun so hindi kami nakapractice parang syempre kapaan lang din,” said Pamilar, who also recruited Army player Jeannie Delos Reyes.
“Napaganda rin nung tune up pinayagan naman nila na ano nga ako walang dalawang isip pinahiram agad. Dapat nga kasama sa Unigames ‘to pinaiwan na rin dahil kailangan na kailangan ko raw,” he added.
Pacres, even without training, played her first game last Wednesday dropping 18 points only to come up short at the hands of Ateneo-Motolite in five sets. But she came to the rescue in another five-setter against Myla Pablo and Pocari-Air Force with a win this time to improve Tacloban’s record to a 3-4 win-loss record.
“Kasi naubos ako kakabalik ko lang kasi ng laro kasi ang tagal ko nakapahinga kasi simula sa PSL pa ko huling naglaro, sa UST training training tapos tune up. So kakabalik ko lang talaga as in animan,” shared Pacres, who nailed 33 attacks out of her 101 hits in her first two games.
“Nakaadjust naman na ng paunti-unti kasi nakasama ko na rin naman na yung iba so kinakapa ko na lang yung setter pero pag sinabihan mo naaadjust naman kaagad.”
As she seeks to prove her worth this conference, Pacres is eager to help the Fighting Warays’ in their semifinals bid entering a tougher second round starting next week.
“Sabi ni coach tiyaga pa rin, training pa rin, focus tapos yung maturity sa loob ng court lalo na pag pitpitan, lalo na pag endgame,” she said. “Kasi doon kami nawawala pag sa endgame parang nagrerelax tapos nagkakagulo na sa court. Yun siguro iaadjust namin.”