8 UAAP Women's Volleyball Players to Watch Out for This Season
Karen Jane Ng
The Season 82 of UAAP Women's Volleyball is upon us and we're already looking forward to the sets that are gonna play out this year. Can the Ateneo Lady Eagles get to keep their championship title they were able to seal last year after defeating the Sisi Rondina-led UST Golden Tigresses?
That's something completely unpredictable bearing in mind the return of familiar names that made a mark throughout the previous season(s.) Tournament will open again on March 3rd at the MOA Arena with a game between UE vs FEU. But before that, here's a guide to the top players we should watch out for this season:
1. Kat Tolentino
The pressure is on this ADMU spiker who ushered her team atop of best-of-threes final series against the Tigresses. She almost ended her stint but fortunately changed her mind to take on her final year, knowing well enough how much she is of a key player.
2. Eya Laure
The España-based team made it to the finals last year. With 2019 Rookie of the Year Eya still playing, things seem to be looking bright for UST's future. That perfectly makes sense if you count on Eya's experience at the Southeast Asian Games!
3. Thea Gagate
There's no point for this DLSU Lady Spiker not to make the cut. She's a promising blocker who's expected to help bring her team back to the finals, after failing to do so last season for the first time in ten years. With her 6-foot-2 height, it's hard not to keep our eyes off of her.
4. Tots Carlos
This UP Lady Fighting Maroons star stood out last year for her power games. Never will she fail to deliver her best attack and earn scores just so she can cap a win for the team. Given that kind of attitude on court, we can imagine how big UP can go this new season!
5. Ivy Lacsina
If you look at all the strong matches of this playmaker from NU Lady Bulldogs, you'll know her rookie status won't stop her from being an advantage to the squad. As such, it's not a surprised how much she's being compared to NU graduate Dindin Santiago.
6. Louie Romero
She has done an excellent job in leading Lady Falcons to finish with the MVP title at the 2019 Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference. Now, setter Louie is ready to officially soar high as part of the Adamson team with her proven skills.
7. Mean Mendrez
For the past five years, the UE Lady Warriors haven't seen the light of championship. And witnessing Mean inheriting the role of captain gives off a hopeful feeling for the team. She's determined to change the game, and there's no way she's taking it easy this season!
8. Gel Cayuna
The FEU Lady Tamaraws have their sights on appearing in the final four this season. They could hope the best now that they have Gel as their new team captain. With this new role, we can only bet that there isn't anything that can put this setter down!
It's fair to say that the sky is the limit for these mix of rookies and pro volleyball players. Just by having consistent training, clear vision, and strength of character, they sure have nowhere to go but "all for more!"