Former Lady Bulldog chosen to be part of PH volleyball team

984007_464472560302864_2002954748_nA Nationalian is about to make not only the university but the country proud.

Former National University Lady Bulldog libero Jennylyn Reyes was chosen to be part of the Philippine team that will compete in the upcoming FIVB World Club Women’s Championship to be held on October here in the Philippines.

Last July 19, Reyes was given the ‘golden ticket’ and was named as the fourth member of the ‘Magnificent 7’ — or the 7 local volleyball players that will represent the women’s national volleyball team.

The former UAAP Season 75 Best Receiver and Best Digger is emotional after the announcement of her inclusion in the Philippine team.

“I feel happy and blessed because I’m one of the few chosen to be part of the team. I did not really expect this, and though I know I can’t please everybody with my skills and some might still question my inclusion in the team, this opportunity will serve as an inspiration for me to work harder so I can show everyone that I’m worthy of the spot.” Reyes said in Filipino.

The 5-foot-2 libero played for National University Lady Bulldogs from UAAP Season 71 to Season 75. After digging awards in her stint with the Lady Bulldogs, the NU alumna expressed gratitude to the university which served as her second home for five years.

“I’m very much thankful to NU, because the university helped me a lot, they are the reason why I am here at this place right now.” Reyes stated.

According to Reyes, she was not able to attend the try-out and was only recommended by Coach George Pascua, her coach in her Philippine Super Liga team, Petron. The 25-year old volleybelle is currently juggling her career as a Customer Sales Representative in a huge electric company while still playing in PSL.

Asked who does she think should be named in the remaining spot, Reyes was quick to answer.

“Hopefully, and I know Jaja (Santiago) will also be included (in the Magnificent 7). She deserves a spot in the final 7.” Reyes ended.

Aside from Reyes, three others were given the golden ticket; RC Cola Army duo Jovelyn Gonzaga and F2 Logistics Cargo Movers setter Kim Fajardo. The three other names are yet to be announced. The FIVB World Club Women’s Championship will be held on October at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Former NU Bulldogs’ stars Parks and Rosario join Gilas 4.0 final roster

295481_3852127594199_1410326139_nFormer NU Bulldogs stalwarts Bobby Ray Parks and Troy Rosario were named part of the Gilas Pilipinas final 12-man roster that will compete in next week’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament to be held here in Manila.

Parks and Rosario surprisingly made the cut after joing the Gilas training pool for only several months.
This will be their first foray into high-level international basketball and this will be the first time they will represent the Philippines as part of the men’s national basketball team.

According to former Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes, Rosario’s height advantage is a big factor in his selection to the national team.
The 6-foot-7 sweet-shooting swingman is a perfect fit in the small forward position. Rosario can also shoot beyond the arc and inside the paint making him a valuable addition to the team.
Rosario was part of NU Bulldogs’ historic UAAP Season 77 Men’s Basketball championship title.

Meanwhile, the 23-year old Parks who had a stint with NBA D-League team Texas Legends, is also included in the Gilas final 12.
Parks, a two-time UAAP MVP from National University, who can play in 1, 2 and 3 spot, is believed to be a huge boost to the team after gaining great exposure in the basketball stage in US.
According to Gilas Pilipinas head coach Tab Baldwin, he wanted Parks to be part of Gilas because he can see the future in  him in the Gilas squad.
Last May, Parks attended his first practice with the Gilas team where he was welcomed with open arms.
Parks was also impressive in the Gilas Pilipinas-Iran tune up game last June 8 where he finished with 11 points off the bench, surprising the crowd with his improved ball-handling, playmaking and shooting skills.

Gilas Pilipinas will compete against highly-favored France and New Zealand in the first round of the Manila Olympic Qualifying Tournament scheduled on July 5 & 6.

The Manila OQT will be held in the Mall of Asia Arena from July 5 to 10.

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