EVEN though he has left De La Salle for San Beda, Robert Bolick said he will continue to support the Green Archers as well as the Lady Spikers, who were once led by his girlfriend Aby Maraño.
The 19-year-old former Green Archer said he has grown close to the Lady Spikers over the years and his move to the Red Lions' den will not stop him from supporting La Salle’s women’s volleyball team.
Bolick’s girlfriend is former Lady Spiker captain Maraño, who still goes to the games to support her ex-teammates who she considers her ‘babies.’
“Parang tatay na rin nila ako kasi si Aby, parang baby ang turing niya kila Ara (Galang) at ‘yung buong team,” Bolick said.
Bolick won a UAAP championship in his rookie year with the Green Archers in 2013. The Ormoc City native will undergo one-year residency and will be eligible only be eligible to play for the Red Lions in 2016.
After news that he is no longer with La Salle came out, Bolick was still seen at ringside supporting the Lady Spikers during their last match against Ateneo at the end of the elimination round.
The No. 2-seeded Lady Spikers are set to face National University on Wednesday in the stepladder playoffs, needing only to win once to arrange a finals duel with Ateneo, which will have a thrice-to-beat advantage in the finals.
Last year, the Lady Spikers had thrice-to-beat edge in the championship series against Ateneo only to be denied a championship in Marano's final season with the team.
Bolick stood behind a distraught Marano during those down times, and now the former Lady Spiker is supporting Bolick's decision to move out of the Taft campus in favor of San Beda.
“Suporta naman siya sa desisyon. Ang sabi naman niya sa akin is do what’s best for you,” said Bolick.
Bolick said he will still support the teams of La Salle, including his former Green Archers teammates.
“Hindi man ako makanood ng men’s basketball, susuporta pa rin ako sa women’s volleyball team,” Bolick said with a smile.