THE Doromal legacy continues.
Before she graduated in 2018, Roma Joy played for NU's indoor and beach volleyball teams for several seasons.
Her sister, Roma Mae, made a splashing debut with the Ateneo Lady Eagles in the UAAP season 82 women's volleyball tournament on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The 19-year-old rookie libero quickly made her presence felt in the senior’s division with her six excellent receptions as she alternated with Dani Ravena.
For her impressive debut, Roma Mae earned the commendation of Ateneo coach Oliver Almadro after the Lady Eagles had routed the UP Fighting Maroons in straight sets, 25-13, 25-17, 25-23.
“I’m satisfied with her performance a while ago, but as a rookie, marami pa ring kailangan i-improve," he said. "Sila ni Faith [Nisperos] actually ang big factors for this win. And we’ll have to continue to work harder.”
For her part, the graduate of the Nazareth School of National University said that she was proud to carry on her older sister Roma Joy’s journey.
“Dati nanonood lang ako lagi sa Ate ko, dream ko lang na makalaro dito sa Arena. Pero ngayon nandito na 'ko, sabi ko sa kanya, 'Ako babawi sa'yo, ako magtutuloy ng sinimulan mo. Itutuloy ko ‘tong Doromal na pangalan,'” she shared with SPIN Life.
However delighted with the very welcoming and warm support of the Ateneo community during her first match, Roma Mae also learned how to prep herself better in the upcoming games.
“I really have no idea what to expect sa lahat ng teams. Nag-focus lang talaga ako. Pero at first, ‘yung mindset ko lang talaga is kailangan ko magtiwala sa sarili ko, kasi unang-una ‘yung coach ko confident sa akin,” she said. “Happy ako sa pinakita ko, not bad pero kailangan ko pa mag-improve. Siguro more on being more aggressive pa, and ‘yung maturity pa.”
The older Doromal also aired her joy online over seeing her younger sister living the dream they made together.
Roma Mae added: "Sobrang overwhelming kasi alam ni Ate na since bata pa kami dream ko talaga 'to. 'Nung high school teammates kami non, then yung last namin na laro together is 'yung beach volleyball, pero ako na bahala sa kanya dito sa indoor."