IT has been only a few days since Ateneo completed its run to a maiden UAAP title, but rookies Michelle Morente and Jia Morado are already raring to get back in action.
As the Lady Eagles shift their focus to the V-League, the two rookies are hoping to deliver the numbers as they try to help Ateneo regain the title they last won two seasons ago.
Ateneo won back-to-back V-League titles before being stopped last season by National University.
The team is still on vacation mode but the two said they are excited to play and gain more experience in the V-League First Conference, a tournament featuring college teams reinforced by guest players.
“It’s the experience that matters to us,” said Morado.
“Nasa part pa lang kami ng pahinga,” said the 17-year-old Morente. “Pero siyempre excited kasi makakapaglaro ulit.”
“Siguro gagawin namin 'yung ginawa namin sa UAAP na one game at a time,” she added.
Season 11 of the V-League reels off on Sunday at the Arena in San Juan, with UAAP teams battling squads from the NCAA and several schools in the provinces.
“We're excited but UAAP is different from Shakey's V-League,” said the freshman setter Morado. “We want to stick to what we did during the UAAP, by playing without pressure and just having fun.”
Alyssa Valdez will still banner the Lady Eagles, while libero Denden Lazaro and veteran spikers Ella de Jesus and Amy Ahomiro are expected to deliver the added boost.