By Adrian Stewart Co
Negrense volleybelle Jennifer Cosas described her inclusion to the Philippine National Volleyball Federation’s (PNVF) women’s beach volleyball pool as a dream come true.
According to the Silay City, Negros Occidental-native Cosas, she hopes her national team call up will serve as inspiration to other provincial athletes to strive more and work hard.
“This is a dream come true for me just to be selected and to represent the country,” Cosas said in an interview with The Warbler Access. “I hope this opportunity inspires students, especially aspiring athletes, to not give up.”
Cosas also extended her gratitude to the coaching staff for allowing her to train in Negros Occidental for her to also do her job as a Grade 9 teacher in Doña Montserrat Lopez Memorial High School.
“I am thankful because beside my teaching profession, I can still play in this high level of competition without worrying about any conflict on my job,” the Negrense volleybelle said.
Cosas is no stranger to beach volleyball competition as she and her partner Gelimae Villanueva recently clinched the championship in the Mayor Raymund I. Tongson’s Beach Volleyball Tournament in Himamaylan City.
Cosas-Villanueva tandem also finished second runner up during the Philippine Superliga Beach Volleyball tournament held earlier this year in Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority.
Cosas was one of the four Negros Occidental-based players to be called up for the national beach volleyball team aside from Bernadeth Pons, Alexa Polidario and Erjane Magdato.
Also part of the women’s beach volleyball roster are former University of Santo Tomas standout Cherry Rondina, Babylove Barbon, Gen Eslaplor, Angelique Gervacio, Dij Rodriguez, and Mer Jauculan.
The national women’s beach volleyball team pool was culled by head coach Rhovyn Verayo based on those who showed up during the one-day tryouts at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone last April 30./ASC, WDJ