BEING the team captain of the Philippine women’s volleyball team has opened up new challenges for Angeli Tabaquero.
The former University of Santo Tomas spiker has been tasked to lead a 33-player national pool, from where the members of the Philippine women's team to three international volleyball tournaments, including the Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar, will be chosen.
The 23-year-old open spiker is one of the veterans in a team formed by a group now contesting the leadership of the Philippine Volleyball Federation, with only six players older than her.
“Jino-joke na nga nila ako na isa ako sa mga matatanda sa team,” said Tabaquero, who saw action for the Tigresses from 2005 to 2010.
“They said that it is really a big responsibility pero I think that the coaching staff trusts me na mag-lead sa mga kasama ko. I’m happy because of the new opportunity and the big challenge,” she added.
Tabaquero, who played as a guest player of Far Eastern University in the previous conference of the Shakey’s V-League after a two-year layoff, likes the composition of the pool which also includes collegiate stars like Alyssa Valdez of Ateneo, Sandra Delos Santos of Perpetual Help, and Maikka Ortiz of UST, among others.
“Lahat kami, bawat isa sa amin, very talented. I’m proud sa mga kasama ko. ‘Yung isang talent, kapag pinagsama-sama, nothing can go wrong,” said Tabaquero.
Tabaquero, who will not be competing in the coming conference of the Shakey’s V-League to concentrate on her duties as national player, said her new role as captain of the national team has not sunk in yet.
“Honestly, hindi ko pa na-aabsorb ‘yung mga bagay-bagay. Once na nakapag-training na kami siguro. Kasi watak-watak pa kami dahil may mga klase pa ‘yung iba. Mapi-feel ko na siguro ‘yung pagiging team captain kapag nag-compete na at may Philippine flag na kami na dala,” said Tabaquero.