SHE did it again.
The lovely Rachel Anne Daquis again showed she had more than just good looks but also loads of talent as she earned another Most Valuable Player award in the Shakey’s V-League Season 11 Open Conference.
The 25-year-old open spiker of the Philippine Army Lady Troopers, who was also adjudged the Best Server award, won her third MVP trophy. She was also the Finals MVP in the 2011 Open and the 2014 First Conference.
Like a true team player she said the individual award was far less important than winning the title for her team.
“To tell you the truth, I’m hesitant to receive this award because I consider all my teammates as MVPs. I’m also more concerned in winning the title. The MVP is a blessing. But winning the championship is what’s truly important,” she said in a published report.
The Lady Troopers are establishing a dynasty of sorts in local volleyball. They have become a dominant team because of their all-star squad of former national players and MVP winners. Other MVPs in the team are Jovelyn Gonzaga (2013), Mary Jean Balse (2004, 2009), Nene Bautista (2008) and Michelle Carolino (2004).
Philippine Army coach Rico De Guzman expressed his support and admiration for Daquis who is actually just a guest player of the Lady Troopers.
“Nagpapasalamat ako sa kanya kasi kahit hindi siya sundalo binibigay niya ang full support niya. Pusong Army na siya, doon na siya sa barracks kumakain, natutulog. Seven years na siya sa amin (I am thankful for her full commitment to the team even though she is not a soldier. Her heart belongs to the Army team. She even sleeps and eats with her soldier teammates. She’s been with us for seven years),” said De Guzman
Daquis was a varsity player for the Far Eastern University Tamaraws from 2004 to 2009. She finished Business Management at FEU. She eventually earned the title of “Queen Tamaraw” as her school’s best volleybelle but could never lead her squad to a University Athletic Association of the Philippines title.
She managed to continue playing volleyball after her teen years at FEU and is now among the best players in the country because of the competition and opportunities provided by the Shakey’s V-League.
The other winners of individual awards are National University’s Jaja Santiago (Best Attacker), Ateneo’s Alyssa Valdez (Best Scorer), Cagayan Valley’s Rhea Dimaculangan (Best Setter), PLDT’s Lizlee Pantone (Best Receiver) and Cagayan Valley’s Sheila Pineda (Best Digger).
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