JOVELYN Gonzaga is back where it all started for her volleyball career.
The many-time national player banners the returning Pacific Town Army in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference, which fires off on May 25.
After missing the volleyball scene for more than a year due to the ACL injury she suffered playing for Cignal in the Philippine Superliga last November 2017, Gonzaga is returning to action in the league sanctioned by Sports Vision, where the volleyball dream of a young Ilongga came true in the defunct Shakey’s V-League.
But as Army returns to the league for the first time since it last played in the V-League in 2015, Gonzaga said she is in no rush to regain top form.
“Para sa self ko, siguro kapa-kapa pa. Kasi ang tagal na namin hindi naglaro, siguro for more than a year,” she said iduring the grand fans day of PVL on Thursday at the Trinoma Mall Activity Center in Quezon City.
“Ayaw kong pressurin 'yung sarili ko na makalaro agad nung dati. For now, one step at a time hanggang sa mabuo ulit 'yung sarili ko sa paglalaro,” she added.
The two-time V-League MVP admitted she is not yet one hundred percent but believes she could compete against the likes of Alyssa Valdez of Creamline, Myla Pablo of Motolite and other stars from BanKo, Petro Gazz and BaliPure.
“Siguro, ready to play na. Hindi ko alam kung one hundred percent. Pero, as far as I know, nakaka-perform na ako ulit. Hindi ko masasabing like before 'yung kabilisan ko,” Gonzaga said.
Despite being away from the action for a long time, Gonzaga, who has the rank of corporal in the Army, said her military training aided her recovery from the knee injury.
“Ang kinaganda nung nag-training ako, doon ako lumakas,” the former national team star said. “Pagbalik ko, natuwa [ang conditionin coach ko] na, ‘Jov ang lakas mo.’ Sobrang thankful ako na nag-training ako kasi naging kundisyon ako.”
Army has yet to bare its imports but Gonzaga is set to team up with fellow Lady Troopers Joan Bunag, Royce Tubino, Ging Balse-Pabayo and Nene Bautista.