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No Role Too Small For Angge Tabaquero

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“He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader.” 

These were the exact words of Ma. Angeli ‘Angge’ Tabaquero after she was asked to give a comment about being replaced as the Power Pinays team captain for the upcoming Asian Women’s Club Championship (AWCC) to be held on April 16-25 at Nakhompatom, Thailand.

Last Monday, along with the announcement of the 14 names who will be flying to Asia’s volleyball mecca for a 2-week training and a 10-day competition, it was made official by Philippine Super Liga president Ramon ‘Tats’ Suzara that Rachel Anne Daquis will supersede Angge as the squad’s captain ball.

Though still included in the line-up, many fans were curious on how the 24-year old Cagayan Lady Rising Suns’ skipper took the news.

“Actually, yung pagiging captain ball naman it’s just a title eh,” clears Tabaquero. “With all the veterans in the line-up, mapasama ka lang sa kanila isang malaking karangalan na.”

As graceful as she is on the court, the former captain took the news in stride as she clarified that it really is not an issue.

In fact, she was even all praises for Philippine Army’s open hitter and incoming Power Pinays TVolution captain, Rachel Anne Daquis.

“We all know how good she is as a player and as a leader.”

“With all the training and the experience I’m going to get, who am I to ask for more?” says the ever-smiling Angge. “This is a team sport and we are all team players kaya no hard feelings at all.”  

A More Experienced Batch of Power Pinays

With the infusion of 3-time Olympic gold medalist Regla Bell and Japan ace setter Misao Tanyama as guest players, veterans Mary Jean Balse, Micmic Laborte, Lizlee Ann Gata, Mitch Datuin and Suzanne Roces are expected to lead this team to a much-coveted podium finish.

Good support will also be provided by young and talented players like Honey Royse Tubino, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Jheck Dionela, Arriane Argarin and Jaja Santiago who will complete the 14-woman delegation to the AWCC.

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With the reinforced line-up, Angge believes they have a great chance to have a good finish in the upcoming Asian tournament.

“Karamihan kasi mga beterano na, may mga experience na, mga dating national team players,” she adds. “Kaya tiwala ako na this team, especially with Ate Ging, has the ability to do well in the competition.”

Though this is not their first time to play internationally together, Tabaquero is psyched about the fact that she will get to play with her senior back in college, Mary Jean ‘Ging’ Balse, again.

In a previous interview, she revealed that the reason she wanted to study at the University of Santo Tomas a couple of years back was because she badly wanted to be teammates with her “Ate Ging.”

“Nawala na yung pagka-starstruck ko sa kanya pero yung respeto, ang taas pa din,” she quipped. “She will always be my idol and my senior.”

“I’m sure with all the experience and the kind of leadership that she has, along with Rachel, we would all be in good hands.”

Angge On Her Career and Her FHM Cover

In FHM’s April 2014 issue, Angge, along with Super Liga volleybelles Mitch Datuin, Abby Praca, Jed Montero and Liss Gohing surprised the volleyball community as they appeared in skimpy swimwear on the cover of the men’s magazine.

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Tabaquero may be known for her feisty and intimidating persona on-court, but she is also famous for always being nice and sweet especially to her legions of fans which is the reason her appearance on the magazine came as a surprise.

So what made her say yes?

“Before pa naman ang shoot, na-explain na samin na sports related yung article,” she clarifies. “Kaya it was never a problem for me.”

She admits, though, that she had to ask for her parent’s permission before doing the cover.

“Ayaw ko naman na bigla na lang magulat sila na nandun ako, diba?” Angge adds, laughing. ” Kaya I had to mention it to my parents,”

“They just said na basta hindi super revealing which is what happened naman: Nothing too revealing.”

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With the newfound fame of her beloved sport, all the mileage, the TV coverage, the magazine covers and her continuous inclusion in the national team, it is both endearing and refreshing to hear one of the most recognizable faces in local volleyball downplay her current prominence.

“You know, sa totoo lang, I’m just here to live my dream just like everyone else,” she said. “It’s not about the fame or the money anymore.”

“It is now about the fulfillment I have inside that I was able to make my dream come true: To play for the national team.”

“And when your dreams start to happen right before your very eyes, you don’t stop, eh.”

“You dream bigger. You dream for more.”

You see, they say nothing is constant in this world but change. I beg to disagree.

I have seen fame change many people but not this bubbly and humble girl.

The fact is, her ability to leap high will one day fade.

Her powerful spikes will most likely dwindle.

But her sunny personality and the warmth and sincerity she exudes every time you have an encounter with her?

It will surely outlast any amount of fame or skill she has or will have in the future.

Captain or not, good luck, Angge! Good luck, Power Pinays! The entire country, though not physically present, will be 100% behind all of you. Laban Pilipinas!

Cagayan Valley enters final four, sets up showdown against rival TMS-Army

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MANILA, Philippines — After losing to PLDT and missing the chance to get one of the first two slots in the final four, Cagayan Valley officially enters the semifinals as they torch RC Cola in 4 sets, 25-21, 25-18, 15-25, 25-9, at the playoffs of the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix held at Ynares Sports Center, Wednesday, December 4, 2013.

Missing the train to an easier route to the semis, the Lady Rising Suns had to go through a roadblock and be pitted once again against the still-winless Raiders wherein the former emerged as victors of the sudden-death round.

Leading two sets to none, Cagayan Valley threatened to take the match in straight sets and march into the semifinals but to no avail.

Capitalizing on the Cagayan’s 7 unforced errors midway through the third frame, RC Cola unleashed a barrage of loaded services and scored 8 points off of it to help them win the set and extend the game to a fourth.

As if dropping the set was a wake-up call, the ladies in maroon came back all business in the fourth canto as they led the Raiders for the rest of the match.

With a 9-point lead in the second technical time out, 16-7, the Lady Rising Suns showed no mercy as they piled up points after points via attacks and offensive blocks creating an 8-0 run which further buried RC Cola, 23-7.

Cagayan’s run to the finish was put to a halt as setter April Jose committed a service error followed by a faulty attack from former UE Lady Warrior Leuseht Dawis, giving an opening for the Raiders to inch closer, 23-9.

Dawis, who was fresh from the bench, immediately made up for it by scoring an off the block hit, sending her team to match point, 24-9. 

Joy Benito, designated setter who subbed for Jose, hit the final nail in the coffin as she ended a long rally and the match with an unexpected attack on the second ball.

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The win, according to Cagayan head coach Ernesto Pamilar, should be credited to the team’s joint effort as they all heeded his call for all of them to contribute and not let the imports do all the work.

“Ang sabi ko sa kanila, hindi pwedeng i-asa na lang nila sa imports lahat ng pag puntos.” Pamilar said.

“Nung nakaraang V-league, lahat ng starting six maliban sa setter, double digits,” he added. “Yun ang hinanap ko sa kanila at yun din naman ang binigay nila.”

True enough, the Lady Rising Suns’ scoreboard was commendable this time around having 5 attackers with double digit outputs led by Patcharee Saengmuang with 19 points, Angge Tabaquero with 14, Aiza Maizo with 13 and middle blockers Pau Soriano and Wenneth Eulalio with 10 apiece.

In total contrast, only imports Sontaya Kaewbundit and Zhang Minghua were able to break into the 10-point mark for RC Cola having 16 and 14, respectively, followed by a measly 5-point game from Jill Gustilo.

Now with TMS-Army next on Cagayan’s tough list of assignments, Pamilar pointed out that from this point on, his team’s focus would be on service receive and service receive alone.

He relates that, so far, he’s already satisfied with their offense but some minor tweaking needs to be done on their floor defense.

“Nung natalo sa PLDT, sa receive kami nadale,” said Pamilar. “Kanina, sa third set, dun na naman.”

“Kaya pagbalik ng training, reception ang focus.” he quipped.

“Pag maayos ang receive, makaka-diskarte ang setter, makaka-palo ang attacker.”

The Lady Rising Suns will be facing the second ranked TMS-Army Lady Troopers in another do-or-die match of the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix semifinals on Saturday, December 7, 2013, 2p.m. at the Ynares Sports Center in Pasig.

 

 

 

Cagayan notches 3rd win, sends Cignal back to the drawing board

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MANILA, Philippines — Cagayan Valley snatched their third win in four games after disposing of Cignal in four grueling sets, 25-14, 18-25, 27-25, 25-23, at the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix held at the Ynares Sports Center in Pasig, Wednesday, November 27, 2013.

Now that each of the six squads is battling for positioning, the Lady Rising Suns proved they are still one of the teams to beat in the tournament as they rank second, tied with rival TMS-Army and behind league-leader PLDT, after winning against the HD Spikers.

With two legendary coaches at the helm, the match between two of the best clubs in the country did not disappoint spectators as the last 2 frames went down the wire as expected.

Tied at 22 at the third, Cagayan almost ran away with the set after back-to-back points from Wanida Kotruang’s attack and Wenneth Eulalio’s service ace. 

Fortunately for the girls in red and white, Thai import Wanida Kotruang made 2 consecutive errors which put the HD Spikers back in the game, 24-all.

Wanting to make up for her lapses, Kotruang scored a point via a strong spike off the hands of her blockers but the lead was immediately squashed by the Cebu-native, Abigail Praca, with a down the line attack to even the score again at 25-all.

With too much at stake, chinese import Xie Lei committed a crucial service error, giving the lead and set point back to Cagayan, 26-25.

To the dismay of Cignal head coach Sammy Acaylar, referees Lumer Pajarillo and Dante Malazarte unanimously called a lifting violation on Abigail Praca’s power tip giving the highly contested 3rd set to the Lady Rising Suns.

Clearly not happy with the call, Acaylar retaliated on the sidelines while talking and pointing to the referees saying “Buti sana kung hindi crucial eh!” which eventually resulted to a yellow card (warning) for Cignal.

Setter Chie Saet considers Cignal’s lack of focus the reason why they yielded to Cagayan in yesterday’s match.

“Nakakasabay naman kami,” said Saet. “Sa dulo lang talaga, nawawalan kami ng kapit.”

It also baffles the back-to-back player of the game awardee why they were not able to receive well when it is the team’s focus on their training the day prior to the match.

Cagayan, who had a lot of service errors, still managed to score a total of 10 aces against the Cignal’s faulty reception.

“Pinag-focus talaga kami sa reception during last night’s training,” added Saet. “Sayang lang na dun pa kami naunahan ng kalaban.”

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On the other hand, Lady Rising Suns head coach Ernesto Pamilar said his wards could have done better if only they were able to avoid service errors.

“Ang dami!” he said.

“Naghahabol ka ng lamang ng kalaban, tapos biglang service error,” added Pamilar. “Buti na lang bawing bawi sa service ace.”

Pamilar also noted that after having drills after drills to make their plays more fast paced, he’s still not satisfied with how they are performing.

According to him, these minor issues need to be remedied fast as they have not much time to relax since this is just a month-long league.

“Mabagal pa rin ang plays natin,” said Pamilar, addressing his girls. “Pagbalik natin sa ensayo, ta-trabahuhin natin yan.”

“Mabilis lang ang tournament na ito ‘di tulad ng (Shakey’s) V-league,” lectured Pamilar. “Kung gusto nating mag adjust, kailangan simulan na natin agad-agad.”

Cagayan’s Thai imports led the charge for win number three with Kotruang top-scoring via 21 points from 16 attacks,  service aces and a solitary block while player of the game Patcharee Saengmuang contributed 17 big points off of 14 spikes, 2 blocks and an ace.

Likewise, Cignal’s chinese imports had the most output with Li Zhanzhan scoring a total of 16 points from 14 attacks and 2 blocks while Xie Lei chipped in 13 points, 12 coming from spikes and 1 from a block.

Both teams will be facing their toughest assignment to date as Cignal will be pitted against defending champion TMS-Army Lady Troopers on Friday, November 29, 2013, while Cagayan will slug it out with the still undefeated PLDT Speed Boosters on December 1, 2013. Both matches will be held at the Ynares Sports Center in Pasig.