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    Stags forward De Vera stays in shape in offseason by playing for 'Baste' volleyball team

    Dec 27, 2013

    DON'T be confused if you see San Sebastian forward Leo de Vera still in his Stags uniform even with the basketball season long over.

    The guys is a two-sport player.

    After helping the Stags finish third in the 89th NCAA men's basketball tournament, the 6-foot-4 shooter has joined the Recto-based school's volleyball team for the second semester sports calendar.

    De Vera, who filled the role left by Ronald Pascual in the Stags' cage team, is a starter for the volleyball team where he has so far compiled 20 points in six games from 13 spikes, four blocks and three service aces.

    The 24-year-old Stags rookie said he first fell in love with volleyball back when he was in 10th grade in Granada Hills Charter High School in Los Angeles where he was also a two-sport star.

    "I joined Baste's volleyball team because volleyball was a passion of mine back in high school in the States," he shared to "I also did dual sports in high school."

    Aside from pursuing his "other passion," De Vera said volleyball helps him stay in shape during the basketball offseason as he prepares for his final playing year with the Stags.

    "I just have spare time now that NCAA basketball is over," De Vera said. "Also, it will keep me in shape during the offseason.

    "And I also told myself na last year ko na ito (with the Stags), so why not make the most out of it? Sayang."

    The Stags volleyball team (1-5) will resume action on January 7 when they take on Emilio Aguinaldo College.

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