CHIARA Permentilla and Seth Rodriguez seek to prove themselves all over again when they play for Marinerang Pilipina, which is set to make its Philippine Superliga (PSL) debut in the All Filipino Comference that kicks off in June.
The Lady Skippers, led by coach Ron Dulay and team manager Jed Montero, were formally introduced during the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum on Tuesday at the Amelie Hotel Manila.
The Marinera stint serves as a shot at redemption for the two after Permentilla and Adamson finished dead last with a 2-12 win-loss record and Rodriguez's University of the East finishing second-to-last with a 3-11 slate.
“Sobrang thankful sa management ng Marinera kasi even though we didn’t end on a good note sa UAAP, they still trusted us to represent the team,” said the Filipina-Italian spiker, who is set to make her debut for a club team.
“Even bottom kami sa UAAP hindi nun masi-signify na we can’t play. Nasa amin pa din yung kaya namin lumaban, kaya namin mag-compete even on a higher level and to redeem ourselves na rin.”
Rodriguez is no longer new to the PSL having played for a UE-based squad in 2017 and in the previous Collegiate Grand Slam.
“We will grab this chance na ipakita na hindi porket nasa bottom kami wala na kaming magagawa sa mundo ng volleyball,” the middle blocker said. “Iga-grab ko rin yung chance na ito to prove people wrong na hindi porket nasa baba kang team wala na, nasa baba ka lang.“
Permentilla and Rodriguez will be joined by UE’s do-it-all star Judith Abil, San Beda’s Cesca and Daryl Racraquin and veterans Ivy Remulla, Nica Guliman and Ers Iratay.
Some players from UAAP Season 81 finalist University of Santo Tomas will also be part of Marinerang Pilipina, but team officials won't make any announcements until the end of the collegiate season.
Former PSL champion coach Vilet Ponce-De Leon will call the shots for the Lady Skippers along with assistant coach Dulay.
With the three veterans and seasoned coaches, Montero is confident that the young team is in good hands.
“It’s nice to see that we have veteran players to guide the younger generation. Sabi ko nga sa kanila, 'yung pag lead ng team 'yun 'yung isang importante na kailangan nating gampananan ninyo,” Montero said. “Yung playing, sa skills, ibigay na natin yan sa mas kundisyon pero kakailanganin at kakailanganin nila ng leader.”