RACHEL Anne Daquis says she is excited and not intimidated as she sees action for PSL-F2 Logistics Manila in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship starting on Tuesday.
The 28-year-old Daquis suffered a mild left ankle sprain when her club team RC Cola-Army faced Generika in the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix almost a week ago and has declared herself ready.
“Excited na kami pero syempre lalaban tayo dyan,” said Daquis.
“Ibang usapan na ’to kasi top club teams in the world na ang makakalaban mo pero tayo ’di naman tayo papahuli.”
“Handa na rin kami, everyday nagte-training kami so physically and mentally ready na kami.”
Some of the best players in the world are seeing action, including Volero Zurich’s Foluke Akinradewo from the USA national team, Rexona Sesc Rio’s Gabi Guimaraes and Ana Silva, two-time Olympic gold medallist libero Fabi Oliveira and Anne Buijs of the Netherlands national team.
Rio Olympics volleyball MVP Zhu Ting of VakifBank, Eczacibasi VitrA standout and Olympic silver medalist Tijana Boskovic of Serbia, Pleumjit Thinkaow of Bangkok Glass and Miyu Nagaoka of Hisamitsu Springs Kobe are also playing.
Daquis is not worried.
“Iti-treat namin sila with the utmost respect as our opponents, which is ganoon naman dapat,” added Daquis.
“At saka ’di ba, once in a lifetime experience lang ito, napakalaking bagay para sa amin and sa akin personally na makalaban ko sila.”
“Hindi mo alam if mauulit pa ba ito, hindi mo alam if mapipili ka pa next time so ako make the most of what I have, do your best and ‘wag kakalimutan mag-enjoy,” she continued.
PSL-F2 Logistics Manila goes up against Rexona Sesc Rio on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.