The Asian Games are underway in Jakarta and Filipino fans have already been treated to a win from Gilas Pilipinas over Kazakhstan. More Filipino athletes are going to compete, like the volleybelles of our Women's Volleyball National Team.
Comprised of familiar faces from their days in the UAAP, the 14 representatives are sure to dig, set, serve, and spike their hearts out for the glory of our country. And they'll surely look good doing it.
Here are seven members of the team that will grab the attention of casual fans because of their indubitable talent (and beauty) that never seems to get lost even in the ultra-competitive atmosphere of the volleyball court.
Obviously one of the the major offensive forces in this team, "The Phenom" is ready to unleash her deadly spikes on the continental stage. While she doesn't have to carry the team on her lonesome, Valdez is sure to get her opportunities and we know she capitalizes on most of them.
Former UAAP MVP Majoy Baron is one of the best blockers in the Philippines and she will be an integral part on defense. While undersized compared to other middle blockers in Asia, Baron relies more on timing to defend the net.
The long and feisty middle blocker was a stalwart for dominant DLSU sides and she looked good dominating spikers who dared try challenge her. Reyes will no doubt try to intimidate the competition as well in the Asian Games.
One half of the Philippines' top volleyball power couple, Kim Kianna Dy is a tremendous performer in her own right. An all around talent, the former finals MVP will contribute wherever the team needs her to.
The former libero for the Ateneo Lady Eagles and the two time UAAP champion will look to dig up every ball that she can. We all know she's capable. She is, after all, a former back-to-back best digger in the UAAP!
One of the best players that DLSU has ever produced, Cruz-Behag will look to provide the all around skills and veteran know-how to help the Philippines go deep into the tournament.
Maybe the most physically imposing player that the Philippines has ever had, the 6'4" Santiago will provide most of the attacking impetus along with Valdez. She's a scary opponent for any team.