Mika Reyes admitted that her appointment as national women’s volleyball team skipper came as a surprise.
Surprised and overwhelmed.
This was the initial reaction of Mika Reyes after learning of her appointment as national women’s volleyball team skipper Friday during the announcement of the 18-man pool at the Arellano University in Taft Avenue.
Head coach Francis Vicente named the Petron middle spiker as team captain of the national squad that will see action in the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from August 19 to 30.
A first-time campaigner in the biennial meet, Reyes was surprised that she got the nod from the coaching staff to carry the responsibility of leading a crack squad in search of a medal finish in the SEA Games.
“My appointment as team captain came in as a surprise, kasi ang iniisip ko lang talaga masaya na ako if makakalaro ako for the country,” Reyes said in a text message.
The 23-year-old former De La Salle University star skipped the formal announcement of the pool as she was with Petron in Laguna for a teambuilding.
The Pulilan, Bulacan native thanked the coaching staff for putting their trust on her.
“This responsibility to be honest is overwhelming and I’m not sure if I can cope to everyone’s expectation,” she said. “But I respect and appreciate the trust. I hope you can all pray for me and the team.”
Her appointment received mixed reactions from fans and volleyball pundits but Reyes vowed to do her best for flag and country.
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