RICA Diolan is glad to finally rejoin the National University women’s volleyball team after leaving for University of the East two seasons ago.
A setter under the Bulldogs coach Roger Gorayeb in UAAP Season 78, Diolan was lured UE by then Lady Red Warriors coach Francis Vicente with the offer of being included in the roster of Philippine Super Liga club Generika.
But after one semester in UE, the 19-year-old player from Davao was offered a spot in the Lady Bulldogs pool again by Babes Castillo, who also has recently been dropped by NU.
Diolan has now completed the residency requirement and is eager to play for new coach Norman Miguel in Season 81.
“Kasi nung nasa UE ako kinuha ako ni coach Francis Vicente para maglaro sa Generika din at the same time sa UE. Tapos reserved player pa lang ako ng Generika noon,” Diolan told Spin.ph.
“Nakita po ako nung manager po namin (sa NU) tapos nagkamustahan lang and ayun po nabanggit niya kay coach Babes tapos nagusap sila if willing daw ako bumalik,” the Davao native said.
“Tapos pinagisipan ko po ng mabuti kasi ang akin na lang sana noon mag-aral na lang sa UE tapos maglaro na lang daw at the same time sa Generika. Pero sabi naman po nila (NU) bibigyan pa rin nila ako ng scholarship, allowance at dorm.”
Diolan is excited to reunite with her former teammates led by new team captain Roselyn Doria, Audrey Paran and Risa Sato.
“Siyempre excited kasi parang back to home tapos kasama ko ulit sila Ate Dors (Roselyn Doria),” said the Nazareth School of NU standout who will be teaming up with six incoming rookies led by Ivy Lacsina, Princess Robles, Joyme Cagande and Jennifer Nierva.
“Siyempre yung mga teammates ko din nung high school makakasama ko ulit sila kasi siyempre galing din ako ng high school sa NU tapos umakyat lang din sila.”
Diolan is hoping to be a key player as NU eyes a return to the semifinals.
“Sana ito na yung chance ko ulit. Siyempre No. 1 magchampion kami kasi yun yung talagang pinakagoal namin,” she said. “If ever pong di kami palarin okay na po sa amin kahit pumasok kami ng Final Four pero at least yung mahihirapan talaga yung kalaban sa amin. Talagang makikipagpatayan kami para lang pumasok doon sa spot na yun.”