April 14, 2024

Feisty Foxies: Trisha Tubu, Caitlin Viray embrace healthy competition at Farm Fresh

Feisty Foxies: Trisha Tubu, Caitlin Viray embrace healthy competition at Farm Fresh
Art by Bea Miranda, One Sports

In one offseason, the Farm Fresh Foxies find themselves with an abundance of top-tier opposite spikers.

Trisha Tubu easily made a splash in her first season in the PVL, even becoming a top-4 scorer during the 2023 Second All-Filipino Conference preliminaries.

 

But one top scorer certainly wouldn't be enough if you can have two, and as the Foxies announce a nine-recruit haul, headlining the batch was former Choco Mucho breakout star Caitlin Viray. 

Viray found resurgence under coach Dante Alinsunurin's system, as she helped Choco Mucho to the silver medal last conference. It's the best finish for the Flying Titans in the PVL so far.

 

ALSO READ: Caitlyn Viray pens heartfelt message after Choco Mucho’s bridesmaid finish in PVL Second All-Filipino Conference 

Just for good measure, there's also Elaine Kasilag, who found a new home in Farm Fresh after the F2 Logistics Cargo Movers disbanded.

In just one offseason, the Farm Fresh Foxies found themselves with an abundance of top-tier opposite spikers. But with this new-found luxury also comes with a dilemma. How do they make it work?

Viray and Tubu just looked at each other before giggling.

For Viray, it all starts in practice.

"Kung sino kailangan, kung ano 'yung kailangan ng team, ready naman kami kung ano hihingin from us," she told reporters after a Farm Fresh training.

"Healthy competition naman 'din po kami," Tubu added. "Alam namin (na) kung sino ipasok sa position namin, talagang magagamit siya, kakailanganin."

It sound easy in theory, everything just starts at practice. But practice nowadays don't come easy for these Foxies, as Farm Fresh gets into the nitty-gritty of volleyball with Japanese consultant Master Shimizu.

RELATED: PVL: Kate Santiago gets honest about ‘intense training’ under Farm Fresh’s Japanese consultant 

 "Adjustment period talaga," noted Viray, as she comes to a  completely different system with Farm Fresh, and a new program under Master Shimizu.

"Ang daming back to basic skills na kailangan namin. Kahit nasa pro na, 'di ibig sabihin na makakalimutan 'yung basics," Tubu added.

The grind is tough, but for the 23-year-old standout from Adamson University, who balances team practice with on-the-job training and school work, having so many ates in the team is a welcome thought.

But even the ates are ready to learn too. All part of the day's work for the fresh-look Foxies. 

  

"Sobrang important na may mga veteran na maraming experience na makakapag-guide sa amin," Tubu said.

"Andun 'yung talent, 'yung potential ng team," Viray added.