PVL: Jovelyn Gonzaga hopes to be an inspiration with resurgence from injury

FILE–Jovelyn Gonzaga for Black Mamba Army. PVL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Buoyed by her bronze medal finish with the Philippine women’s beach volleyball team, Jovelyn Gonzaga hopes to inspire players who have suffered from injuries in her return for Black Mamba Army in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Invitationals on July 9 at San Juan Arena.

After skipping the season opener due to her 31st Southeast Asian Games stint, an inspired Gonzaga is reporting for duty for the Lady Troopers, who hope to bounce back from a seventh place finish in the 2022 Open Conference.

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“Now that I got a medal, which has been my childhood dream. I want more. I want a better finish,” said the veteran opposite spiker in Filipino as she brings a precious experience from the sands.

Gonzaga, who tried to win a medal with the Philippine women’s volleyball team from 2015 to 2019 SEA Games but missed the podium, said her recent achievement with partner Dij Rodriguez and teammates Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons boosted her morale after her a tough journey from an ACL injury last 2017.

“Some people thought that my career was over after my injury (five years ago). But here I am hoping to set an example to everyone that nothing is impossible and anyone can overcome (career-threatening) injuries,” she said. “Look at me now, I got my (dream) medal even after all that happened in my career.”

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