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Fifi Sharma rejoins La Salle teammates in Alas

Fifi Sharma couldn’t be prouder as she reunites with former La Salle teammates Angel Canino, Thea Gagate, and Julia Coronel in Alas Pilipinas Women for the upcoming AVC Challenge Cup.

Sharma, Canino, Gagate, and Coronel were all integral parts of the Lady Spikers squad that swept National University in the UAAP Season 85 Women’s Volleyball Tournament Finals, securing the school’s first championship since 2018 and its 12th overall.

The 5-foot-11 middle blocker left La Salle following their triumphant championship run and signed with Akari in the Premier Volleyball League.

“I’m super happy kasi this is like a reunion for us,” said Sharma during Alas Pilipinas’ press conference for the AVC Challenge Cup.

“I’ve been away from them for about a year and seeing them here in the highest level of playing here in the country is like a different feeling, parang ‘wow, friendship goals!’” she added.

Now, Sharma is set to make her debut for the Nationals, having been named to the 14-player lineup by head coach Jorge Souza de Brito. The Philippines will kick off its campaign against Australia in Pool A on Thursday at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

Despite their short preparation period, Sharma expressed optimism about Alas Pilipinas, which includes stars from both the PVL and UAAP. She praised the players' mentality and eagerness to represent the Philippines.

The daughter of former PBA player Carlo Sharma vowed to give her all and make the most of the opportunity. 

“Actually, given the mix of players right now, we’re all determined and eager to give our best this tournament. I think everybody is doing the best they can to make the whole process of gelling easier for everyone,” said Sharma.

“Siguro given na it’s a short tournament, my mindset will just be to enjoy every moment and make sure that I stay in the present and do whatever I can, to give my one hundred percent each and every moment that I train with the Philippine team.”

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