Is Kianna the next Jovelyn?

As the battle for the opposite spiker position in the national team heats up, Kianna Dy of La Salle quickly brushed off the claims that she would serve as the heir apparent of Jovelyn Gonzaga in international tournaments.

Well, Dy couldn’t blame the observers.

With her fire, intensity and burning passion to win, sideliners believe that, if ever she makes the cut, the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Championship and the 29th Southeast Asian Games will be her coronation as Gonzaga’s successor.

In fact, the 21-year old Dy burst into the international arena when she suited up for the Philippine Superliga-sponsored team that campaigned in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Championship in Tianjin, China two years ago.

Gonzaga, on the other hand, opted to play in the SEA Games in Singapore, giving them no chance to spend time inside the court. But Dy simply downplayed it.

“She has her own name, siguro I would want to make my own name too.”

Tough competition

She said surviving the cut to the 12-woman roster would be very tough as she has to compete with Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Jaja Santiago and Gonzaga for the position.

The Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. will make the announcement at the end of April.

“I guess bahala na yung coaches to choose whoever is the best.”

If she wouldn’t make it, she’s still willing to support the national team.

“If ever I don’t make it sa 12, it’s okay. I’ll support the team pa rin tapos syempre part of the training pool so training lang ng training and try again.”

Dy added that whoever makes the cut for the opposite spiker position would surely be deserving for the slot.

“Maraming magagaling na utility so hindi naman masyadong mataas yung expectations ko kasi alam ko naman na may mas magaling sakin so kapag sila nakapasok siyempre deserving naman sila.”

She is completely aware that it would be a tough challenge but she’ll consider it as motivation to improve as a player.

“Pero advantage din na may mas magaling sayo kasi you can get tips from them. You can see how they work as a utility player siguro yun I can also improve joining this national team.”

At any rate, being mentioned next to Gonzaga is already an honor.