“Noon kasi I would play basketball para magcross-training sa offseason for volleyball. Na enjoy ko naman,” said Reyes, adding that playing competitive basketball will keep her in shape prior to the UAAP Volleyball tournament.
Despite playing for the Lady Spikers in the past few seasons, the veteran middle hitter clarified that she is still eligible to play for the Lady Archers, given that the UAAP Board has decided to extend the number of playing years from five to seven.
“I spoke to Coach Ramil [De Jesus] and Coach Cholo [Villanueva] at tuloy ang plans for me to play in the upcoming basketball season,” Reyes clarified as to her eligibility status.
The addition of Reyes to the squad is a timely boost, particularly because of the graduation of players such as Ara Abaca and team captain Alyanna Ong. Reyes is set to provide a presence on both ends of the court because of her athleticism and height. “Power Forward yung position ni Mika sa team,” said head coach Cholo Villanueva on the assigned role of Reyes.
“Practice and adjustment muna tapos tingnan natin yung day-to-day progress,” Reyes said on the challenge of facing her new role.
Reyes hopes to be the final piece in a team that has not won the championship in two straight years. Against a team like National University, which is loaded with national team players, the newest Lady Archer would like to bring the element of swagger and toughness that made her key to the success of the Lady Spikers during her tenure on the team.
“Kahit bago lang ako sa team, I want my teammates to know that I am willing to do anything to win,” Reyes explained.
With the addition of Reyes, the team looks forward to playing in front of bigger crowds because of the popularity of their newest teammate. ABS-CBN Sports has already said that more Lady Archer games will be televised this season because of the amount of interest the addition of Reyes is drumming up.
With the announcement, the Lady Archers have already welcomed Reyes with open arms as future teammate Camille Claro expressed her excitement over the upcoming season. “Excited ako to team up with Mik! Hopefully we get the championship this year,” said Claro on the addition of Reyes.