Name: Maria Rosario Bollozos Soriano
Position: Middle Blocker, Open Spiker
Birthday: October 14, 1985
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 58 kg
Schools/Teams: Colegio San Agustin, Poveda, Ateneo de Manila University
Course: AB Economics, Masters in Business Administration
Teams: Ateneo Women’s Volleyball Team
Achievements: UAAP – Season 66 Rookie of the Year, Season 70 Best Receiver and Season 70 Best Scorer, V-League – Season 4, 2nd Conference Most Energetic Player, Season 5 Most Improved Player and Season 5 Best Blocker
1. Why #8? And why did you move from being #14 to #8?
I like the #8 ever since. For me it symbol of infinity because of its never-ending loops. Related to infinity, for me the #8 portrays endlessness. And when I think about it now, it’s an accurate representation for my passion in volleyball – everlasting.
When I was a rookie, I chose #14 because my senior was using #8. But when she graduated, I was able to request my coach to change my jersey number to 8.
2. How did you first get into volleyball? How long have you been playing?
I started playing volleyball when I was a 7th grader at Colegio San Agustin. Carla Llaguno, my friend and former captain, asked me to join the team and I agreed. Then I transferred to Poveda and I tried out and got accepted in the team.
3. What are your greatest achievements/awards as a volleyball player?
I won the UAAP rookie of the year award last 2003. That, for me, is my most prized and most memorable since it was the first ever individual award that I got.
4. What makes a good volleyball player? Does height really matter?
Hmm… Height makes it easier, but it’s not all that matters. There are a lot of determinants of a good volleyball player; however, one of the more important determinants is having a willing heart.
5. You’ve played a lot of positions, right? Which is better? Open Spiker or Middle Blocker? Why?
Setter. Joke. Hehe As for the variety of plays, its better to be a middle hitter since you have a lot more options as to what plays you want to do.
6. If you’re not playing for Ateneo, what school do you want to play for? Why?
I guess I just can’t imagine playing for any other school…
7. Likewise, how did it feel to play for a school, which has a great sports program like Ateneo?
It felt like home.
8. During the last UAAP, aside from your team, which team was the toughest to go against with? Who’s the toughest player?
The toughest team to go against with was FEU. They had a very solid line-up, with players reliable in both defense and offense. Moreover, their main setter, Wendy Semana, is, in my opinion, the toughest player to go against with. Not only does she forecast her skills in the setting area, but she spikes the ball like she’s a seasoned hitter.
9. How about the recently concluded V-League? Which team and player were the toughest to go against with?
The toughest team to go against with was Adamson, evidently. As for the toughest player, I would have to say Bualee Jaroensri of San Sebastian. Aside from her honed skills, she plays with heart and determination.
10. What was your most memorable UAAP game? V-League moment?
For UAAP: It was just last season, against Adamson University, January 9. Both my teammates, Karla Belo and Bea Pascual got injured, one after the other, with minutes separating their accidents. Karla had a severe sprain and Bea suffered from an ACL injury. That game was very memorable for me. The team felt very emotional and sympathetic with both Karla and Bea.
For Vleague: It was during the 1st conference last year, against UST. We were on the 3rd set when our gust player, Namphon Intuan, had a terrible fall, which resulted to an ACL injury. We all felt devastated when we saw her limping her way out off the court with her tears flowing on her face. I didn’t understand Thai yet then, but I could see in her eyes how scared she was. She could have opted to go straight to the hospital but she didn’t want to. She was saying that she wanted to watch and finish the game, she wanted to cheer for the team. We won in 5 sets.