Finding a leader is much more challenging than finding a reliable scorer or a good setter. That someone has to be the most composed during crunch time, the most resilient after a setback, the most consistent in every game.
Finding a “good” leader, though, is on another level.
She could be the loudest of all voices, or the softest one.
She could be the fiercest of all faces, or the calmest one.
Nevertheless, these good leaders are rare.
As the country search for new leaders today, FOX Sports PH listed the volleyball players who have a great sense of leadership.
There was a reason why Tina Salak was pulled out from her retirement for numerous occassions.
Aside from her seasoned play-making skills that gave Philippines its last SEA Games medal in 2005, Salak brings in unparalleled volleyball wisdom and leadership.
The legendary setter made another announcement of her retirement after leading Cocolife Asset Managers to a fourth place finish in the recently held PSL Grand Prix 2018.
— Philippine SuperLiga Volleyball (@SuperLigaPH) March 8, 2017
Six years after her collegiate career ended, Cha Cruz still earns the trust of coach Ramil de Jesus to lead any team she plays for.
The do-it-all outside hitter is the invisible force that holds generation after generation of La Salle players from her UAAP stint up to her colorful professional career.
— Philippine SuperLiga Volleyball (@SuperLigaPH) December 15, 2017
RACHEL ANNE DAQUIS
Rachel Anne Daquis looks like a model from a high-end fashion magazine. But when she steps inside the taraflex floor, she became an entirely different story.
The 30-year old spiker is a vocal leader who never backs down even when faced with adversary. She has captained the RP team on several international tourneys, most notably the PSL Manila squad who saw action in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship in 2016.
FLASHBACK: There was a time when UAAP Volleyball was only a sport that catered to the most dedicated to the craft.
It needed an image.
— ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) April 20, 2018
The first time Alyssa Valdez stepped on the collegiate court, everybody immediately knew she was different.
Valdez not only lead Ateneo Lady Eagles in scoring during her time with the team, she also steered the squad to its first UAAP championship in season 76 and a historic 16-0 sweep of season 77 for its second title.
— Volleyball Central (@volleycentralph) December 30, 2017
The last time UST Golden Tigresses appeared in the Finals of UAAP, Aiza Maizo was the top scorer AND the captain.
The award-winning opposite hitter is not the most vocal nor the fiercest. Nevertheless, her down to earth attitude and leadership have worked wonders for every team she suits up for.
— FOX Sports PH (@FOXSports_PH) November 5, 2016
A good leader is a fighter at all cost. This description fits Dindin Manabat perfectly.
After suffering a knee injury, Manabat is slowly but surely regaining her deadly form that marked her as one of the best middle blockers the country has ever produced. One thing that a torn ACL cannot take away: her game-on leadership.
— Philippine SuperLiga Volleyball (@SuperLigaPH) October 28, 2017
Of course, Aby Maraño.
A two-time La Salle skipper, Aby Maraño drew both love and hate with her beast-mode-dont-care attitude in leading the team.
The prized middle blocker never run out of energy to lift her teammates – literally – or strut after a point or yell words of encouragement to her team.
— Run Lipa (@dhonasuperstar) May 7, 2018