GENERIKA rookie Chloe Cortez was elated to see her hard labor in training pay off in the form of an impressive debut in the Philippine Super Liga All Filipino Conference.
The 20-year old University of Santo Tomas middle blocker made her presence felt in the country’s three-year old club league after she helped the Life Savers grind out a 28-26, 26-28, 25-20, 25-19 win over Standard Insurance Navy on Tuesday at The Arena in San Juan.
The cheerful incoming fifth year Tigress later revealed the secret of her resurgence.
“Prayer lang talaga and pa-kundisyon lang,” she told SPIN.ph on her way out of the venue.
“Motivated po kasi ako, kasi ang iniisip ko, kung ano ang itinatanim ko, ‘yun din ang aanihin ko. Kung nag-effort ka po, magbubunga din talaga. So ako po kung may chance na mag-extra work, nage-extra work pa ako,” she added.
Cortez finished with 17 points, including five of the team’s nine blocks, in a match that took two hours to finish.
“Sobrang thankful ako nagbunga ang lahat ng training namin and sobrang driven lang din ako kasi ‘yun nga first game lahat naman gusto manalo (sa first game),” she said.
Generika coach Francis Vicente was not at all surprised with his hardworking recruit.
“Lagi ganyan ‘yan sa ensayo kahit sa practice game,” said the veteran mentor. “Aggressive, walang keme keme, basta siya laro lang. Enjoy siya sa laro, walang arte arte ‘yan eh, kaya ganyan ang laro niya.”