WESTERN Visayas setter Marianne Sotomil is set to formally join the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons volleyball team next month after playing for Bacolod Tay Tung High School.
The 18-year-old Sotomil had committed to the Lady Maroons earlier this year and said she has actually taken part in several scrimmages.
Bacolod Tay Tung still has a tournament to play, in the Private Schools Athletic Association National Games in Tagbilaran, after which Sotomil will join the Lady Maroons.
She helped Western Visayas claim bronze medal in the Palarong Pambansa, behind National Capital Region and Calabarzon.
Sotomil played a huge role last year in the BTTHS Thunderbolts’ fifth place finish in a 12-team tournament featuring Under-18 squads from across the country, and she is pleased to be noticed for her efforts.
“Actually, nung Rebisco pa po, may nag-approach na sa akin na recruiter. Nag-approach sila sa manager namin,” said Sotomil.
“Overwhelmed po na may nakaka-appreciate sa skills ko,” said Sotomil.
She revealed she got into volleyball was by accident, literally.
“Parang napilitan lang,” said Sotomil.
“Pero I learned how to love volleyball. Kasi nabanggaan po ako nung Grade 5. Sabi ng doctor, kailangan magka-muscle ka ’yung right leg ko. So sabi ng dad ko, mag-volleyball daw ako kasi volleyball player din siya.”
“Everything happens for a reason,” she added.
Sotomil vowed to earn her spot in the UP squad, and says she will do anything to contribute for Lady Maroons.
“I’ll just play my game po. Ako po kasi ’yung tipo na nag-stick sa basic pero merong style rin naman po kaya siguro nila ako na-discover. Gagawin ko lang po ‘yung puwede kong gawin para maka-contribute sa team. Mahirap din po mag-start or ma-line-up agad,” said Sotomil.