Remember the time when Leila Barros stole our hearts when she went to Manila for the FIVB Grand Prix 16 years ago? How ‘bout when Sabina Altynbekova, a member of the Kazakhstan National Volleyball team, drove a whole continent of volleyball geeks into fanboy-dom?
Miss those international volleybelles no more, as another crush ng bayan has taken social media by storm. Gents, meet Dominican Republic National Volleyball Team player Winifer Fernandez:
Nope, that's not Ariana Grande. We thought so, too.
Besides her head-turning looks, this 21-year-old libero has kick-ass volleyball skills. She has so far played in 15 World Championship matches for her country, plus 45 other international volley competitions. Some of her other accomplishments are:
- In 2011, she played in the Girls’ Youth Pan-American Cup, and helped the team to achieve a team gold medal
- She was also tapped to play for her club in 2016 in the World Grand Prix Group 2. The team won the gold
- At 15, she was cited as one of the best defensive players at the 2010 North, Central America and Caribbean Federation (NORCECA) U18 Championship, where her club team, Cien Fugos, finished fourth, according to Men's SXP
You know what, since we also have our fair share of volleybelles and volleybaes, like Rachel Anne Daquis, Melissa Gohing, and more, why don’t we invite Winifer and the rest of her team for a charity game? Better yet, someone sign her as import here.
Make it happen, Philippine SuperLiga!