Player Profile

Steph Mercado

4 Outside Hitter

Hometown :Quezon City, Philippines
Date Of Birth :July 1
Height :5'11"
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Years playing volleyball:
10
Joined Power Spikers in: 
2014
Previous teams: DLSU, Bingo Milyonaryo, Petron Blaze, Air Asia, Generika, Shopinas.com (Currently)

How did you get started with the sport of volleyball?

Before I started playing volleyball I was a tennis player. Tapos na-impluwensiyahan lang ako ng mga friends and neighbors ko. They were always playing volleyball outside our house – street games. Sumali ako doon, hanggang sa natuto na ako. Tapos sumali ako sa school ng mga sportsfest lang, tapos nakita ako ng coach ng varsity team ng school ko and he asked me if I wanted to try out. Dun na siya nagsimula, dere-derecho na.

What is your favorite aspect of the game?

It’s a team sport and it’s fun. Gusto ko rin na indoor game siya, ayaw ko kasi ng mainit. Unlike sa tennis na mag-isa ka lang, and you have to coach yourself, madami kayong naglalaro, mas-enjoy. And ang dami mong natututunan sa mga kalaban mo.

What does it mean to be playing for the Meralco Power Spikers?

Nung first conference ko with them, I was a guest player. Now that I’m working for them, para siya nung college ako. We were representing La Salle, as student athletes, now we’re representing Meralco, as employee-athletes naman. Pati mga officemates ko sobrang supportive nila. Minsan kapag natatalo kami, kinakantiyaowan kami, pero part of their support narin yun – nothing serious naman. All of the management team are very supporting. Kung may kailangan yung team, kung may problem, nandiyan sila, parating nakikinig, tumutulong, and always 100% supportive sila kapag may games, nandiyan sila parati.

Strengths you bring to the team:

Tahimik lang ako na player, hindi ako yung sobrang fierce, ‘di kagaya ng iba na intense sa court. Tahimik lang ako, minsan lang ako mag-smile. Nagiging silent operator ako.

What does is mean to be captain of the Meralco Power Spikers?

Hindi ko iniisip na captain ako. Ang role ko lang is to help the team na gumaan ang loob inisde the court. And kung my problem internally, ako yung kumakausap sakanila para makausap ang management. And then I always guide the player that we are a team. Parati ko pinapaalala na hindi dahil captain ako, ako lang pwedeng magsalita. Lahat pwedeng magsalita, at pagusapan natin kung ano ang problems and we solve it as one.