Filipina volley star featured in TOC

ANOTHER Filipina volleyball star has been featured recently in the The Olympic Channel website.

It was libero Dennise Lazaro-Revilla's turn to have a feature on the International Olympic Committee-operated site, which two months ago has a story on Alyssa Valdez, the country's biggest volleyball draw.

Lazaro-Revilla is now with Premier Volleyball League team Choco Mucho and a two-time UAAP champion from Ateneo.

"Her fearlessness, will to win and refusal to give up on any shot earned her the nickname 'Iron Eagle', and watching her play is inspiring," said writer Ken Brown on Lazaro-Revilla.

Setting aside her height disadvantage, Lazaro-Revilla's character and self-belief to proved doubters wrong.

"When I got introduced to volleyball, I knew it was something I can be my best at. My journey was never easy - gone through heartbreaks, struggles, rejections & failures. But all these have made me know more about myself and that’s where I get my confidence & strength from," said the 5-foot-5 defensive specialist.

Lazaro-Revilla's teammates like Valdez love her inside and outside the taraflex floor "because she's fierce on the court and a true friend off it".

"Everybody else loves and respects her because she embodies the Filipino fighting spirit, known as 'Pusong Palaban' (courageous heart), and has achieved her dreams against the odds," said Browne.

With her popularity being part of the glamour Lady Eagles team along with Valdez, Lazaro-Revilla is a regular sight on national TV, billboards, and big advertising campaigns.

She married pro basketball player LA Revilla last January 27 and the power couple can be compared to the sports royalty of Valdez and Kiefer Ravena.

Lazaro-Revilla's currently has over a million followers in Instagram and Twitter.

She is fond of motivational quotes including, "Live your dream and share your passion."

Browne's article also put emphasis on Lazaro-Revilla's beginnings in volleyball, as well as juggling her time between sports and academics.

After her successful college stint, Lazaro-Revilla briefly went to medical school but left after a year to pursue her dream in the lucrative club leagues.