Ateneo de Manila improves volleyball recruitment

The Ateneo de Manila University is known for being one of the premier schools who is good in basketball, badminton and football. Over the years, the school has won numerous championships in both sports, and is considered as perennial contenders for the three. Special mention to football, wherein the school dominates the sport be it grade school, high school or college.

This year though, aside from the mentioned sports, the school has tried to make a statement by recruiting high school standouts in a sport that is rapidly becoming popular, volleyball.

Aside from the player I featured a few weeks ago named Xavier Conrad Senoren, the school has been succesful in recruiting Duane Craig Teves and Rey Angelo Africa both from Canossa Academy-Lipa. Xavier Conrad Senoren will be a good addition in the line-up being a tall open spiker and so as Duane Craig Teves who is a good hitter as well. Rey Angelo Africa’s entry to the team is very much fitting as the team lacks a legitimate setter. With a line-up so deep which includes last UAAP’s 2nd and 3rd Best Scorer Andre Joseph Pareja and Joseph Michael De Joya as well as the then-setter now hard hitter Timothy James Santo Tomas, a taller and stronger Katipunan team is expected come UAAP Season 71 together with perennial contenders UP and FEU as they try to enter the Final Four in UAAP History.

In the distaff side, the Ateneo Women’s Volleyball Coaching Staff has been succesful in recruiting five high school standouts. The first one is the tall Gretchen Ho of Immaculate Concepcion Academy who is a versatile and powerful hitter. Next are the two Saint Scholastica College girls namely Fille Saint Merced Cainglet and Angeline Gervacio who are likewise powerful and versatile hitters. Angilene Gervacio is a very powerful spiker as she won the Best Attacker in Women’s Volleyball League and in Women’s National Collegiate Athletics Association. Fille Saint Merced Cainglet was a vital cog for the Junior Scions as she led Saint Scholastica’s College to championshipsand was hailed MVP for three consecutive years in Women’s Volleyball League and two consecutive years in Women’s National Collegiate Athletic Association. The next two girls will be coming from the two-time Shakey’s Girls’ V-League National Champion Hope Christian High School. The first one is Melissa Gohing who is the open spiker of the team and the libero of the National Capital Region in the Palarong Pambansa 2007. The last recruit of Ateneo is none other than Jamenea Ferrer who was hailed as Best Setter and MVP in the Shakey’s Girls’ V-League.

The Ateneo Lady Eagles made the Final Four last year and has deeply lost six important players in Maria Rosario Soriano, Patricia Lynn Taganas, Karla Bello, Bianca Katrina Sison, Stephanie Gabriel and Trisha Anne Therese Limgenco. But, with the recruitment of their management, a lot has been expected again of the Katipunan-based spikers. Since a lot of schools lost a lot of vital players in their team also, and that the Ateneo Lady Eagles recruited almost all of the highly recruited high school standouts, it is but natural that people will expect a lot from the Lady Eagles next year. On the other side of things, these girls are lucky cause they will be trained by the legendary and new Ateneo Head Coach Roger Gorayeb. These girls will be trained to be the best that they can be both mentally and physically. Come to think of it, Jamenea Ferrer will fit well with the Ateneo team after having lost Karla Bello and Trish Limgenco, the team’s setters. Likewise, they are in need of a legitimate versatile hitters that will replace Charo Soriano, which will be the role of both Fille Cainglet, Gretchen Ho, Melissa Gohing and Angeline Gervacio.

It is interesting to note that Ateneo de Manila University is now taking the volleyball competition seriously and is contributing to the promotion of Philippine Volleyball. With this revamping of Ateneo de Manila, the other teams will be deeply inspired to recruit as well and will make the competition even tougher in tournaments. Hence, strengthening and nourishing the volleyball skills of our girls, who might compete in international tournaments soon.

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  • cecile

    ,,,ah!!!!!!!!!! gus2 mo ikw nlng ah!!!!!!!!!! (joke!!!) i will miss charo soriano goodluck to all of you sa uaap seson 71! pwde friend tau azyle pwde ateneo ka rin ba!!!!!!!!

  • catherine menengco

    class mate po bah sila or team mates lang dahil. bakit si melissa gohing sa La Salle pumunta

  • gladys

    uy galing nio tlaga huh ..

  • gladys

    some day i want to be a volleyball player in uaap

  • george santiago

    because of fille merced cainglet, na hook ako sa womens colegiate volleyball… dati womens grand prix esp.brasillian team lng pnapnood ko…

    to cainglet di ka lang cute astig kang spiker, keep it up…

    #1 fan mo ko…

  • la


  • niCz09

    wo0h!. Cainglet. da best!. my idol!. wo0h!.. :)

  • george santiago

    cant wait to see fille again on 01/11/09

    how i wish to see you reel, if only i can…


    aka. george santiago

    fille if only i could see you, how i really wish…..

  • josh

    number 1 ang Ateneo Lady Eagles.. especially Ms. Soriano and Ms. Bello.. ang astig nla sa game!! the best talaga cla bawat second ng game nkaka tense..i wish i could have a full copy of season 70 ADMU VS. DLSU.. if you guys have a copy pls do send me.. sarap ulit ulitin panoorin.. number 1 fan ako ni ms. soriano and ms. bello.. more power to you guyz!!!!

  • josh

    kung my copy kay0 pls do send me at my add

  • Ace Liu

    sa Bacolod ba galing si Fille saint Cainglet?

  • rafael gozum

    I’ve been a fan of some of our national women’s volleyball players but upon seeing the girls pushed the veteran and powerful la salle into 5 grueling sets, i felt they have something promising that i think might be able to elevate our country’s standing in the international volleyball scene. They are not as tall as per team average compared to other uaap team but their talent and x-factor will lead them to something great someday. I hope the ateneo management will be able to provide needed guidance to snatch a championship but also all of us should not forget that the ultimate goal for athletes is to be prepared enough to give honor to our motherland. I’ll be waiting for that time…….

  • rafael gozum

    taga saan pala si Fille?

  • rafael gozum

    Talaga bang walk in lang si Ho? Kung araw araw ba namang may ganun kaganda at kagaling na wlk in, di na kailangan ng recruitment! He he!

  • rafael gozum

    Sir Roger, mataas ang success rate ng running attack ni Ho ah!

  • don mendoza

    sobrang galing ni fille. though it’s so sad that ateneo wasn’t able to make it in the final 4 of uaap womens volleyball, the team is stil a standout considering the fact that almost all of their starting six are rookies. they maybe, but they play like veterans. i’ll just wait for season 72.

    GO FILLE, MY ‘SAINT’… :)

  • anne sabornido

    ..,hi!gust0h q0h lng p0h sana irequest sainyo na ifeatured nyo naman po ang id0l q0h n c gretchen ho and sana magkaroon din ng promo para mkakuha ng jersey nya and sana magkaroon din sya ng wallpaper.,tnx po!g0d bless and m0re p0wer to ur website.,03

  • paT

    yeah! i love FILLE!!
    go! go! go!

  • anne

    cainglet really plays great, i’ll bet she is a mvp in the making!!!

  • anne

    hey,can i join any promo n ang price ay anything about fille saint cainglet???tnx

  • anne

    hi im really a fan of cainglet i wish ill know her better

  • Dean

    May bf na ba c fille cainglet??

  • kim

    gretchen ho is the best player…….go…. more powers

  • lea

    fille ang ganda ng games nyo….
    nxt season sana ksma prin kau sa final four…
    go go go ateneo

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