MANILA, Philippines — Lady Rising Suns’ team captain Angeli “Angge” Tabaquero is expected to miss out most of Cagayan’s games in the elimination round of the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix, which will kick-off tomorrow, November 10, 2013, 1p.m. at the San Juan Arena.
Tabaquero, who recently underwent Arthroscopy to relieve the pain she has been feeling on her right shoulder, will not be seeing volleyball action for 2-3 weeks as she heals from the surgery.
According to Angge, she incurred the tear on her shoulder way back when she was still a student-athlete at the University of Santo Tomas.
“Ang tagal na nito! Sa UST pa,” she said. “Dinadaan lang sa tape at therapy.”
“It’s just that lately, simula nung Power Pinays sa Thailand hanggang pagbalik dito sa V-league, sobrang sakit na,” adds Angge. “Pag pumapalo ako, parang matatanggal na braso ko.”
One tough captain
After their historic 16-0 sweep at the 10th season of Shakey’s V-league, head coach Nes Pamilar and the team’s management decided that it’s time for the captain to get a permanent fix for the injury.
Pamilar relates that the operation could have been done earlier but Tabaquero insisted on finishing their V-league campaign first.
“Tiniis niya yung sakit, tinapos niya yung tournament,” he said. “Kahit masakit, trinabaho niya talaga at di niya kami iniwan.”
“Ngayon, pina-opera na natin kasi long-term na ang tinitignan natin,” Pamilar quips. “After 2 to 3 weeks, mas maganda pang performance makikita natin galing sa kanya.”
Angge also relates that even before finding out the success rate of Plasma Rich Protein (PRP) treatment, she was already sold on the idea of going under the knife.
“Naba-bother na kasi ako.”
“Hindi naman pwedeng titiisin ko na lang siya,” she added. “I want to give my 100% eh. So maka-miss man ako ng ilang games, pagbalik ko naman, tutulong ako.”
“Pagbalik ko, I believe I can do even better.”
Still a strong team
With the absence of Tabaquero, the Rising Suns will be missing her powerful spikes, libero-like defense and leadership inside the court.
Despite this, Cagayan’s head coach believes that he and his wards can still give the other 5 squads a good fight.
For Pamilar, teamwork is still his team’s biggest weapon.
“Kahit naman nung V-league, madami na akong players na injured.”
“Ang maganda sa mga bata, nagtutulungan sila,” said Pamilar. “Nagse-step-up pag alam nilang kailangan sila ng team.”
“Mas malalakas makaka-laban namin dito dahil lahat may imports,” he adds. “Pero gaya lang ng dati, paghahandaan at paghihirapan natin.”
On her part, Cagayan’s team captain promises to lead the team to victory in her own little ways.
“I’ll be there every game, on the sidelines nga lang,” quipped Angge. “But regardless, andun ako to guide and support them.”
She admits that the competition in the Philippine Super Liga will be a lot stiffer but they will stay focused and train even harder to keep the momentum.
“Oo, mas matindi ang laban ngayon dahil na rin sa magagaling na imports,” said Tabaquero. “But business as usual, we prepare, we give our best and just hope and pray for the best.”
“Puso na lang! Kaya ng Cagayan yan!”