Players come and go but if there’s one who stayed with Cignal through thick and thin, it’s definitely Jheck Dionela.
After five grueling years, Dionela has finally led the HD Spikers to their first-ever title in the Belo-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Invitational Conference Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
She is such a timeless talent.
The 26-year old former University of Perpetual Help star emerged as the conference’s Best Libero due to her solid digs and defensive prowess.
In fact, during Cignal’s titanic collision against Japanese guest team Kobe Shinwa Women’s University, the 4-foot-11 Dionela was all over the floor, running and diving for the ball as if her life depends on it.
Without a doubt, she deserves such award.
But she was wrong.
All she was asking for was a crown for her team.
[quote]”Hindi ko talaga in-expect sa totoo lang. Hindi ako nag-expect ng individual award, ang nasa isip ko nalang ay makapag-champion kami.”[/quote]
So, when the perfect crowning moment finally arrived, she said she was beyond grateful for an answered prayer.
[quote]”Siyempre overwhelmed at saka stunned ako eh.”[/quote]
After finishing last in the 2016 PSL Grand Prix, Dionela told Volleyverse that she wouldn’t leave Cignal without giving the club a championship title in the prestigious league.
It was actually her ultimate goal since she joined the team in its inaugural conference in 2013 where the HD Spikers ended up as bridesmaids to Philippine Army.
[quote]”Surreal ‘yung feeling kasi ‘yun (championship) naman ‘yung goal ko since day one na nag-Cignal ako at every time na magsisimula ang season.”
“Gustong-gusto ko talaga kapag ‘yung team ko nakakapag-champion kasi ‘yun ang main purpose kung bakit ako pumasok sa team at bago ako umalis kailangan talaga may championship.”[/quote]
Now that Dionela and the HD Spikers have finally blossomed into champions, she stressed that she’s still willing to offer her services until they need her.
[quote]”Kung kailangan ako ng Cignal, nandito pa rin naman ako.”[/quote]
That’s what they call “faith.”