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Dell Palomata on joining PLDT: I am tired of second place

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Dell Palomata hopes to finally win it all with her move to the PLDT High Speed Hitters ahead of the 2022 Premier Volleyball League (PVL) season next month.

According to the Batan, Aklan-native middle blocker, she is aspiring to finally win a championship after settling for runner up finishes before.

“Goal ko sa team na ito is yung magpatuloy pa yung improvement ko kasi alam ko madami pa ako kayang maipapakita. Tsaka siyempre mabigay yung championship sa PLDT,” Palomata said.

“Kasi ako, hanggang second place lang ako lagi,” she added, pertaining to her runner up finishes before with Philippine Air Force team. “Sana ngayon makuha ko na yung championship.”

Palomata further said that she did not think twice of joining the team as special guest player for this season due to her familiary with some of the PLDT’s coaching staff.

High Speed Hitters head coach George Pascua was one of Palomata’s mentors when she played for Choco Mucho in the 2021 Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship, while assistant coach Raffy Mosuela is also part of the Philippine Air Force.

“Sumali ako sa PLDT dahil sa coaches,” said Palomata. “Naging coach ko si Coach George sa national team tapos si Coach Raffy kasama ko na sa Air Force kaya mas pinili ko yung PLDT.”

“Iba sila mag-coach sa akin e, mas naipapakita ko pa yung talagang kaya ko nung sila ang coach ko. Malaking bagay yun para mas ma-enhance pa yung talent,” she continued.

The 6-foot-3 Palomata was among the five newcomers for the High Speed Boosters aside from Jovielyn Prado, Kath Arado, Mean Mendrez and Jessie de Leon.

Among the holdovers from last year’s PLDT team were Christine Joy “Eli” Soyud, veteran setter Rhea Dimaculangan, Toni Rose Basas and Nieza Viray.

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