Sports & Fitness

10 Cute Reasons to Watch Volleyball

Meet the ladies and gents who make cameras flash on-and-off the court

If you’ve ever been to a volleyball game, you’re probably familiar with the thrill of each set—concentrating as the ball goes back and forth across the net—anxiously waiting which of the two teams will finally score. Within these precious minutes, photographers are busy with their cameras—capturing unbelievable spikes, outrageous blocks, and of course, your favorite players with their game faces on. We list down 10 amateur and professional players whose flawless faces make you overlook the fact that they’re super sweaty. Are they on your to-watch list, too?

Mika Reyes

Don’t let the baby face deceive you! Beneath the young and playful aura is a tough player who won the Best Blocker award in the 2014 Philippine National Games. The former Lady Spiker is now part of the F2 Logistics Cargo Movers Team competing at Philippine Super Liga. (@reyesmikaaa).

Alyssa Valdez

After leading the Ateneo Lady Eagles to a string of wins in the UAAP, the Phenom recently joined the BaliPure Purest Water Defenders team in the Shakey’s V-League Season 13 Open Conference. (@alyssa_valdez02).

Rachel Anne Daquis

The former team captain of the FEU Lady Tamaraws during her collegiate career, RAD (as many volleyball fans would call her) also finished culinary arts. Currently playing as part of the RC Cola-Army Troopers, the statuesque athlete has also graced a couple of magazine covers. (@rachdaquis13)

Rex Intal

Known for his mean spikes on court, Rex is one of the key players who led the Blue Spikers to a UAAP championship last Season 78. He’s also part of the Philippine Team who competed in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games. (@rexintal)

Raymark Woo

Look up the Men’s Volleyball Team of DLSU and you’ll see tons of comments about team captain Raymark Woo. After missing the whole of Season 77 due to an injury, he came back with a bang last season to lead DLSU to an impressive finish. (@raymarkwoo12)

Princess Gaiser

Playing the role of libero for the Lady Maroons, the petite athlete is a tough defensive on the court, helping improve the team’s standings last season. (@piagaiser)

Michael Sudaria

Wearing jersey #5, Mike is one of the leading scorers for Adamson University’s Men’s Volleyball Team. He was hailed as the MVP during the 16th National Intercollegiate Volleyball Championships-Pedro Mendoza Jr. Memorial Cup last 2015 after the Soaring Falcons defeated the National College of Business and Arts.

Seth Marione Rodriguez

Playing as middle hitter for the UE Lady Warriors, Seth is also into modeling off the court. The promising teenager from Cavite plans to leave a mark in the sport, and with the game she’s showing, it’s not far from possible.

Marck Espejo

Called as the “Supreme Spiker” by many, Marck has had a winning streak with the Eagles after he joined the team. In just a couple of years, he was able to prove his skills—earning a championship and two Most Valuable Player awards. (@marckespejooo)

Michele Gumabao

The former Lady Spiker continues to make a mark in volleyball as she currently plays for the Philips Gold Lady Slammers in the Philippine Super Liga. She has also delved into coaching, having served as the assistant coach for the Adamson Lady Falcons during UAAP Season 78. (@gumabaomichele)

Words Aidan

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

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