ALMOST a month before the start of the Philippine Super Liga Invitational Conference, Petron pulled off a recruiting coup by signing former La Salle star Mika Reyes.
The former F2 Logistics star, who was part of the Cargo Movers' title run in last year's All-Filipino Conference and bronze medal finish in the Grand Prix, signed with Petron on Wednesday with San Miguel Corp. sports director Alfrancis Chua and her agent Charlie Dy at the SMC office in Ortigas.
The 22-year old middle blocker admitted that moving out of her comfort zone was one of the toughest decisions she made in her volleyball career.
"It's a very tough decision for me," she said. "Pero Petron has laid out a plan not just for me but also for my volleyball career and for my family."
Terms of the contract were not divulged, but sources said the two-year deal is worth P70,000 a month.
It will be the first time that Reyes will play in a team not under her La Salle and F2 Logistics mentor Ramil de Jesus.
Reyes followed the footsteps of former de Jesus players Michele Gumabao and Mel Gohing, who transfered to Philips Gold, and Aby Maraño, who moved to Petron before returning to the veteran mentor's camp recently.
Other former de Jesus players who took the same path were Paneng Mercado, who played for Cignal, Wensh Tiu, who signed with Generika, Jac Alarca, who was part of Philippine Army's dynasty, and Chie Saet, who became instrumental in Cagayan Valley's dominance in the Shakey's V-League.
Reyes, who crowned her collegiate career with a UAAP championship for La Salle, said her immediate goal is to blend in in a Petron team led by Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Bang Pineda, Ces Molina and Cherry Nunag.
"Being in a new team, I consider myself a newbie pero syempre I will do my best para makatulong sa team," she said.