PSL Ambassador Cha Cruz and the rest of the PSL All Stars are now in Bangkok, Thailand for the Thai-DenMark Super League happening on March 23 – 28, 2016.
Cha Cruz, who is currently the captain for the F2 Logistics Cargo Movers, felt blessed being chosen to represent the country in this tournament. Cruz and the Cargo Movers have qualified in the final round of the PSL Invitational.
“Of course, I feel really blessed. It’s not every day that you get asked to play the game you love in a different country. I know there are a lot of other players who are more than qualified to play in BKK (Bangkok) but to be chosen as a representative, is an honor and a pleasure,” she told FOX Sports.
With the ongoing PSL Invitational, the All Stars weren’t able to train everyday due to their respective club teams’ training. Fortunately, all players were as dedicated and as passionate that even after their games they were able to attend their training.
“We had less time but more quality. Not to mention they just had a game that day (Saturday), so kami lang ni Aby (Maraño) and Steph walang game. Nakakatuwa kasi all out pa din naman mga teammates ko na may game that day and they were very professional about it. Good thing pagdating namin dun, we will still have 2 training sessions before our tournament starts,” said the former UAAP MVP.
The Petron PSL is in Pool A with Asian Club Champion Bangkok Glass, and powerhouse club teams Idea Khon Kaen, and 3BB Nakkhonon. Facing strong teams in this competition, the PSL officials are all out in their support for the team. Coach George Pascua and the rest of the team have been pushing themselves hard in each and every training that they have.
“Actually si Sir Popoy and Sir Tats gave a short talk before kami magstart sa training. They basically wished us luck especially because we are part of the ‘pool of death’ (haha!),” said Cruz.
“Coach George naman, during training, he helped us on the technical side. He said na we need to be stronger in service receive, defense and in blocking so we can keep up with them. Well, we are aware naman na malakas sila sobra. First game pa namin is against the Champion of Asian club (Bangkok Glass) but we are still motivated to play and give our best. Aside from that, we are carrying the PSL All Star Team, so we really need to perform, kaya even in that short amount of time, all out pa din kami.”
“To be honest we are gonna have our work cut out for us! Pero will surely give it our all and regardless of the results we are all sure to learn something valuable and would help us all grow as players,” she added.
The PSL All Star team may have a long road ahead of them in this tournament, but Cha Cruz is positive that their team will be able to do well. With the support of the whole PSL club teams and the fans, Cruz definitely felt how much love that everyone gives them.
“Thank you so much for the support that you guys give! It may not seem much to the public eye but the fans’ unwavering support does give an extra boost especially in game!! We’ll definitely give our best,” Cruz said. – By Joyce Palad
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