The Power Chargers Add Dani Ravena to the Squad While, It Was a Sweet Opening Win for PLDT

Jul 20, 2022

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Dani Ravena is the newest addition to the Akari Power Chargers set to debut in the PVL Reinforced Conference in October.

The Power Chargers welcomed the former Ateneo Blue Eagles team captain on Friday, joining ex Balipure spiker Jho Maraguinot, former F2 Logistics setter Michelle Cobb, Adamson’s Trisha Genesis and FEU’s Lycha Ebon.

Ravena played for the Ateneo Blue Eagles from UAAP Seasons 80 to 84.

Ravena’s mother Mozzy will manage the Power Chargers.

In her final playing year, Ravena helped the Blue Eagles enter the playoffs after eliminating University of the Philippines, defeating Adamson in the battle for fourth seed, and ousting University of Santo Tomas in the first stepladder match of the semis.

However, Ateneo’s Cinderella run was cut short by La Salle and the Blue Eagles ended up with bronze.

The first libero-captain in the UAAP finished as the sixth best after the eliminations in her final season, averaging 2.57 digs per set.

Better chemistry was the key to PLDT’s sweet opening win in the 2022 PVL Invitational Conference, said head coach George Pascua.

“Yung chemistry unti unti na namin nakukuha,” he said after PLDT’s straight-sets victory against Chery Tiggo, Tuesday.

“Before kasi, very tight yung preparation namin tapos tuloy tuloy yung game so yung adjustment very minimal.”

Despite making their debut only in the 2022 Open Conference earlier this year, the High Speed Hitters ousted PSL champion F2 Logistics to finish fifth in a nine-team field.

Retaining their core composed of former national team members Rhea Dimaculangan, Mika Reyes, Kath Arado and Dell Palomata, the High Speed Hitters worked on their connection in the three-month rest heading into the mid-season tournament.

And this paid off as they opened the Invitational Conference with a sweep of former PVL champion Chery Tiggo.

“At least ngayon, medyo mahaba-haba yung preparation kaya naachieve namin yung goal namin,” said Pascua.

The opening game saw PLDT play like a well-machined oil, with all spikers connecting well with setter Dimaculangan who dished out 21 excellent sets.

Four High Speed Hitters finished in double-digit scoring led by Reyes who finished with 15 points off 12 attacks and 3 blocks.

“Personally, nakita ko na nag contribute lahat. Sabi ko kay coach kanina, hindi ako makakapuntos kung walang magrereceive para sakin. So lahat gumana at lahat nagtrabaho,” said Reyes.

PLDT hopes to continue a better showing as it faces defending champion Creamline on Saturday at FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

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