FROM being a full-time teacher and part-time athlete, volleyball darling Cha Cruz has made the switch.
The former La Salle charmer, dubbed 'Ms. Everything' for her versatility inside the court, said she has decided to focus on her volleyball career while she still has what it takes to shine.
After playing for the Lady Spikers from 2007-2012 in the UAAP, Cruz, 27, became a full-time grade school teacher at an international school while taking up a master’s degree in Special Educaton at La Salle.
Volleyball naturally took a back seat.
“After UAAP, ang focus ko na is work and masters so kinalimutan ko muna ‘yung volleyball,” she said. “But then ngayon nasisingit ko na ‘yung volleyball and ‘yung work ko naman ang part-time ko.”
She’s now a teacher on call or a substitute teacher, she doesn’t need to go to school every day like she used to and therefore has more time to devote to the sport that has made her famous.
Cruz is currently playing for F2 Logistics in the Philippine Super Liga Invitational Conference and was part of the PSL All-Star team that recently competed in the Thai-Denmark Super League in Bangkok.
“Ngayon obviously mas maraming time for volleyball kasi on season ang (PSL) Invitational and then may ganito, so matagal ako mawawala (sa teaching),” she said.
But it’s not all volleyball. After every training or game, Cruz's focus immediately shifts to the things she needs to do for her post-graduate studies.
“I make sure na kahit asan ako, I need internet and laptop kasi kailangan kong magbasa, kailangan kong mag-edit ng mga proposal and I need to be in touch pa rin sa mentor ko,” she said. “So anywhere I go kailangan may updates ako sa kanya.”
“Like ngayong term na ito, naka enroll ako sa La Salle for thesis, so hindi pwedeng kahit andito ako (sa Bangkok) for volleyball, I’m not doing anything about it,” she added.
“Pero syempre minsan you need to prioritize kung ano ang mas importante, kasi kailangan kong magpahinga, hindi ako masyadong magpaka-stress para smooth naman ang paglalaro,” she continued.
Although volleyball is physically draining, Cruz considers it her 'escape.'
“Kasi when I play volleyball, kahit training or game, para sa akin therapy siya eh. Lahat nakakalimutan ko, so whenever I play, kahit training, therapy siya amidst sa lahat ng ginagawa ko ngayon,” shared Cruz.