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The Fil-Canadian libero argues for a place in the PVL combination

Aleiah Torres PVL Rookie Draft Combination

Fil-Canadian libero Aleiah Torres during the PVL Rookie Draft combine.–MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino-Canadian libero Aleiah Torres excelled in several tests in the first-ever PVL Rookie Draft Combine, completing the group’s best 50 reps in the one-minute pushup and recording the fastest time in the modified agility T-tested at 5.98 seconds on Tuesday at GameVille Ball Park in Mandaluyong City.

The Brock University product is one of 47 prospects hoping to earn a spot on the roster of the 12 PVL teams during the first Rookie Draft on July 8 at Novotel.

Torres, whose parents lived in Cavite and Tarlac before she was born and raised in Canada, filed for the draft because she wanted to be part of the PVL’s growth and rise as one of the country’s top leagues.

“I really enjoy watching the teams here. The audience is really exciting. Everyone is always involved when they watch the games,” she said. “I just thought it was super exciting and to be able to play in the Philippines is just super special for me because I have a lot of family here.”

Torres even hopes to meet Petro Gazz’s reigning all-Filipino MVP Brooke Van Sickle, Choco Mucho star Sisi Rondina and her compatriot Savi Davison of PLDT.

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The 6-foot-2 libero, who started playing volleyball at the age of 12, brings her championship experience from Canada to the PVL.

“I played club volleyball and then I played college in Brock. I played for the varsity team there. We were really successful, we won three championships, so hopefully I can bring my experience, my championship winning mentality and mentality to whatever team I get called up,” Torres said.

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However, Torres is tempering her expectations in the upcoming draft. The only things she can promise if a team calls her up are her athleticism, stable floor defense and a high volleyball IQ.

“I don’t really have a lot of expectations. I’m just here to have a lot of fun and play really good volleyball. Hopefully I can contribute to the team I get drafted for and just experience everything the Philippines has to offer,” she said .

“I think as a libero I can read the game very well, especially from the backcourt, as a defensive player and to see what my teammates should do in the net. I’ll let them know how many hitters they have or attacks, what’s open for them. So I think I have a really high IQ on the field, good leadership, and I think I’m very fast, so I like to chase some balls.


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