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    PH spiker Jaja Santiago not inclined to accept offer to play for Chinese Taipei club team

    May 7, 2015

    FOR now, Jaja Santiago said she is not inclined to accept an offer to play fo a Chinese Taipei club which came during her stint with the Philippines in the 2015 Asian Under-23 Women’s Volleyball Championship.

    National coach Roger Gorayeb on Thursday confirmed that Chinese Taipei officials have shown interest in the 19-year-old National University standout.

    “Kinukuha nga ‘yan si Jaja na maglaro sa kanila,” Gorayeb said after the Philippines lost to China, 25-23, 14-25, 18-25, 17-25, in the quarterfinals on Thursday at the Philsports Arena.

    Santiago said she was honored to receive the offer from no less than the team manager and coach of Chinese Taipei during the tournament's fellowship night on Wednesday.

    It was the second time Santiago received an offered by a foreign team. In 2013, she was also offered to play college volleyball with University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) in the US NCAA.

    [See Jaja Santiago declines UCLA offer as she commits to Lady Bulldogs]

    She declined the UCLA offer and the 6-foot-4 middle blocker said she is also inclined to accept this offer.

    “Masaya ako na kinukuha nila ako,” Santiago told Spin.ph. “Gusto nila ako maglaro sa club team nila, pero sa ngayon kasi not sure pa kasi gusto ko rin unahin siyempre ang Pilipinas.

    Santiago, however, said she is still keeping her options open.

    “Wala, hindi pa, hindi pa naman final,” she said. “Kinausap lang nila ako na gusto nila ako maglaro for the club team nila. ‘Yung manager nila at ‘yung coach nila ang nagsabi.” 

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