The PLDT Home Fibr Speed Hitters capped off their offseason recruitment spree by signing one of the country’s finest and most popular middle blockers in Mika Reyes for their upcoming campaign in the 2022 Premier Volleyball League (PVL) season.
For the 27-year-old native of Pulilan, Bulacan, the High Speed Hitters will help her develop into a more complete player.
“Unang-una, siyempre malaking factor yung team composition kasi PLDT was looking for middles,” said Reyes. “Tapos out of all teams that made an offer, sila Sir Bajjie [Del Rosario, team manager] ang talagang naramdaman ko who really wants me. Nagulat ako na sobrang interested nila na kunin ako sa team so I’m very grateful.”
In PLDT, Reyes will try to reignite the winning magic she had with Rhea Dimaculangan, with whom she won three championships during their time in Petron from 2017-19. In addition, she gets to play alongside former Sta. Lucia players Dell Palomata and Jovie Prado.
“Of course pero hindi lang si Ate Rhea lang makakasama ko muli. Si Dell and si Jovie nakasama ko din sa Sta. Lucia,” the four-time PSL Best Middle Blocker said. “Maganda ring time ito compared to time namin before. This time, may mashe-share na kami sa isa’t isa ni Ate Rhea. Iba na rin yung level ng paglalaro namin ngayon. After three years, magkakasama na kami muli at mas madami na na-experience namin now.”
What excites Reyes the most is that she finally gets to be under the tutelage of PLDT’s new head coach George Pascua.
“To be honest, never ko pa siya nakasama,” shared Reyes. “Magandang experience ito for me to adjust sa system niya. Especially now na target is next month mag-start, kailangan mag-adapt ako kagad sa system niya. Nagtitiwala ako sa goals niya for the team and same sa bago kong mga teammates.”
With their splashy offseason, expectations will be high for PLDT as they seek to make a jump to elite status after finishing in seventh place in last year’s open conference. But Reyes though wants to temper it, saying that the team has to gel first before they can the high standards set on to them.
“I’m a team player and as long as we work out namin yung chemistry, makakatulong yun sa amin. Talagang nag-revamp din yung PLDT now so magiging challenge sa amin yung chemistry.”