JEANETTE Panaga is ready for the challenge of joining a Petro Gazz squad already loaded with middle blockers.
After two years with Pocari Sweat, Panaga has signed with the Angels, joining Cherry Nunag, Jessey De Leon, Ranya Musa and Rachel Austero in the rotation of middle blockers as they vie for honors in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference.
The 5-foot-11 Panaga, a three-time PVL middle blocker, said she is ready for any role given to her by coach Jerry Yee.
“Okay naman ako, ready ako sa lahat, mag-expect ng mga unexpected. Siguro ganun talaga,” said Panaga.
“Hindi ‘yun pressure kasi nung sinabi ni coach ‘yun parang mas nachachallenge pa ako,” she added.
“Panibagong challenge ‘to kailangan may gawin ako na something na magiimprove ako and maggrow ako as a player.”
“For me gagawin ko na lang din ‘yung part ko as a player and gusto ko ding makahelp sa kanila na pumasok sa semis for Reinforced,” she added.
“Gagawin ko lang din kung ano ‘yung part ko sa Pocari and ibibigay ko lang din ‘yung idea ko, ‘yung mga natutunan ko na mga lesson na nakuha ko sa Pocari.”
Yee is glad the team got a boost this early. Petro Gazz will start training in January with the PVL season set to open in May.
“Siyempre ‘yung award-winning talent niya, ‘yung pagiging best blocker niya, ‘yun talaga ang makakatulong sa team,” Yee said.
“Actually nafortify niya ‘yung middle namin joining Cherry, Jessey, Ranya and Rachel.”
The NCAA Season 91 women’s volleyball Finals MVP reunites with fellow Lady Blazers Austero, Musa, Djanel Cheng and libero Rica Enclona as well as Pocari Sweat teammate Kai Nepomuceno-Baloaloa and ex-Cignal teammate Paneng Mercado.
“Happy namin ako kasi ito na yung reunion namin from Benilde and Pocari and others sila Ate Paneng na magkakateammate ulit kami,” the 24-year-old said. “Hindi naman ganun na sobrang mahirap magadjust kasi naging kasama ko na sila.”