Volleyball: Lazaro-Revilla proud of 'huge pool of talent' among liberos

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 18 2020 01:06 PM

Volleyball: Lazaro-Revilla proud of 'huge pool of talent' among liberos 1
Former Ateneo libero Denden Lazaro-Revilla. Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines -- Former Ateneo de Manila University star Denden Lazaro-Revilla is always willing to serve the national team, but she believes that the squad is in good hands with the current crop of liberos.

Lazaro-Revilla played for the Philippines in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games, but missed the 2017 edition due to an injury and was replaced by then-De La Salle University standout Dawn Macandili.

"I think nitong past SEA Games, I think I've already hung my national team jersey, ni-retire ko na," Lazaro-Revilla said when asked if she has any plans of returning to the national team during an appearance on the "Crossover" podcast.

"But, if needed naman, I think I'll be ready to serve the country again. If needed," she added.

Lazaro-Revilla, a two-time UAAP champion with the Lady Eagles, is confident that Macandili and the country's other young liberos are more than capable of holding their own in international competitions, however.

Macandili, in particular, is already a veteran of several international tournaments and in 2019 was named Best Libero in the second leg of the ASEAN Grand Prix.

"We're in capable hands, with (former University of the East star) Kath Arado, with Dawn Macandili," said Lazaro-Revilla, who now plays for Choco Mucho in the Premier Volleyball League. "We have a huge pool of talent sa libero position, mga younger players."

When asked to choose between Macandili and Arado -- two of the finest liberos to come out of the UAAP in recent years -- Lazaro-Revilla stressed that both were very good.

"But," she added, "Dawn Dawn has more experience than Kath, 'yun 'yung lamang ni Dawn kay Kath."

"But Kath will get there, eventually. More experience lang, especially in the international scene," Lazaro-Revilla predicted.

Arado and Macandili were the country's liberos in the 2019 SEA Games held last December in Manila. 

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