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Choco Mucho takes runner up finish as “motivation”

by Bryan Gadingan

UNDERSTANDING their heartbreaking finals loss to sister team Creamline, Choco Mucho setter Deanna Wong promised to return with a stronger resolve in pursuit of a first Premier Volleyball League title.

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The Flying Titans, who had finished seventh five times and fourth twice in the previous seven PVL conferences, had a good season after reaching the league’s championships for the first time.

With the departure of Bea de Leon and numerous other players, Choco Mucho’s setter, Wong, believes the squad will start from scratch this season, but with extra determination.

“We’re really motivated,” she said, adding that they aren’t satisfied with their finish last season and will work on their present roster to duplicate or perhaps improve their performance this season.

Wong, one of the most popular volleyball stars in the country today, was a key component of Choco Mucho’s dream run in last December’s PVL All-Filipino Conference, where the team achieved its first finals appearance.

“We can’t stick to our last conference’s silver finish. We will start from scratch and will keep training to possibly reach a higher goal next season,” Wong remarked during PVL’s Media Day interview.

“We learned from the finals. It served as a learning curve for us, on what areas we should improve. Our trainings are still the same, but there are things that we still have to work on,” she added.

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Despite losing two major players, Denden Lazaro-Reviilla and De Leon, who have both transferred to their sister team Creamline Cool Smashers, the Flying Titans are expecting reinforcements.

Bia General, Royse Tubino, Mean Mendrez, and Mars Alba will now join Choco Mucho as they gradually adapt to coach Dante Alinsunurin’s method.

“They’re still learning to adapt the system of what coach Dante is giving but of course they still need some polishing. They miss one of two things and still forget what they have to do but the team is here to help them and guide them,” Wong explained.

After reaching the All-Filipino Conference finals for the first time in December, Wong has remained hungry this season with the new-look Flying Titans, who will continue to parade reigning MVP Sisi Rondina.



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