FEU center Russel Escoto returns to his volleyball roots in 'Fastbr3ak' charity match
FEU center Russel Escoto played competitive volleyball in high school. Jerome Ascano

FAR Eastern University stalwart Russel Escoto is glad to be back playing volleyball once again, and for a good cause at that, as he suited up during Wednesday’s Fastbr3ak charity event at The Arena in San Juan.

Unknown to many, Escoto once played competitive volleyball back in Angeles City, Pampanga during his high school days, and he showed he still got the skills as he repeatedly scored on solid blocks and quick attacks at the net.

“Nakakamiss ‘yung paglalaro ng volleyball,” Escoto, a key part of the Tamaraws’ successful title run in the recently concluded UAAP men’s basketball season, said after suiting up for Team Keifer during the charity event organized by Ateneo stars Kiefer Ravena and Alyssa Valdez.

“Tapos ininvite nga kami ni Kiefer. Sobrang nag-enjoy naman tapos nakatulong din sa nasalanta ng bagyo.”

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The fifth-year Tamaraw along with younger brother Richard and fellow UAAP cagers Kevin Ferrer, Gelo Alolino, and volleybelles Denden Lazaro, Michel Gumabao, Jaja Santiago, Jen Reyes, Ella de Jesus, Bang Pineda, and Gretchen Ho were able to raise P500,000 for victims of Typhoon Nona.

Escoto, who played middle, admitted spending extra time at the gym by joining the FEU volleyball team at practice as part of his training for the one-day event.

“Nakikilaro-laro rin ako doon sa FEU,” he said. “(Pero) ‘di ko alam, ‘di ko masabi (kung sasali ako ng volleyball club teams).”

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