Amid criticisms, Molina shines the brightest in PH’s five-set loss against Indonesia

If there’s a player who has been wading through a sea of criticisms every time she steps on the court, it’s Ces Molina.

For the past few years, Molina has been at the receiving end of criticisms may it be on her starting spot for PSL champions Petron or her place in the women’s national volleyball team.

But time and time again, Molina stood up and won against these adversities just like her style of play — silent but efficient.

The 24-year old outside hitter rose to the occasion and stepped up big during the Philippines’ five-set driller against Indonesia in the 2019 ASEAN Grand Prix earlier.

In lieu of Alyssa Valdez, who will not be seeing action after acquiring right ankle sprain last week, Molina manned the left wings along with national team debutant Kalei Mau.

In what could be her best game in the international arena, the San Beda University standout led the Philippines with team-high 18 points built on 16 kills and two blocks.

Hitting on a 40 percent conversion rate, Molina made her presence felt especially in the first three sets as she put on the finishing touches during the Nationals’ third set victory.

Aside from Molina, Mau, Majoy Baron, and Mylene Paat also finished in double figures, tallying 15, 17, and 12, respectively.

But their efforts went for naught as the Philippines surrendered to the Indonesians in five, 21-25, 28-26, 25-12, 18-25, 9-15, kicking off their campaign on a heartbreaking note.