For the past several weeks, Sta. Lucia head coach Sammy Acaylar keeps on harping about his new player – Filipino-American MJ Phillips.
But after her first game, it appears that the hype is worth it.
Phillips delivered an impressive performance in the Lady Realtors’ nail-biter of a loss to powerhouse Cignal, 25-19, 18-25, 13-25, 25-23, 12-15, in the Rebisco-Philippine Superliga (PSL) All-Filipino Conference Thursday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
She was a spark plug on both ends, delivering 10 kills, five blocks and an ace for a total of 16 points while Danika Gendrauli chipped in 15 for the Lady Realtors who nearly pulled a massive upset of the reigning titlist of the Invitational Conference.
And it didn’t escape Acaylar’s attention.
He was quite impressed – actually, very impressed.
Acaylar revealed that aside from leading the Lady Realtors to the title, Phillips has fixed her eyes on an ultimate prize.
In one heart-stopping sequence, Phillips blocked Daquis’ attack thrice before Lourdes Clemente connected an easy kill off a gift.
Cignal coach George Pascua admitted that the blocking of the Lady Realtors, especially Phillips, threw them off their comfort zone.
With her impressive debut, Acaylar gave Phillips a very good rating.
Acaylar said it would take two more games before the Phillips full potential will be unraveled.
Acaylar smiled as he was about to wrapped up the interview.
They may have lost the match, but he definitely found a pot of gold in Phillips.