ATENEO head coach Oliver Almadro would love to have Jho Maraguinot back and lead the young Lady Eagles in the UAAP Season 82 women’s volleyball tournament next year.
“I’ve been always telling Jho na if she wants to help, she will always be welcome,” said Almadro on the possibe comeback of Maraguinot.
Maraguinot, who skipped the previous UAAP season after graduating college, expressed that she is open to exhaust her final playing year and rejoin the Lady Eagles.
Almadro, who steered Ateneo to the UAAP Season 81 championship, admitted that he is exerting extra effort to bring back the 23-year-old spiker.
“Of course, everybody has an extra effort but we have to give it to her, decision niya, but I just have to pray for it, pray for proper discernment,” he said. “Sabi ko nga give back and go back yun ang pinakaimportante to continue the legacy na iniwanan ng mga seniors niya.”
With the departures of Maddie Madayag, Bea de Leon and Kat Tolentino, the champion coach stressed that the 5-foot-7 outside hitter Maraguinot will be a big boost to the young Ateneo players, bannered by her sister Jaja, Vanie Gandler, Erika Raagas, rookie Faith Nisperos, Ponggay Gaston, Jules Samonte, and Dani Ravena.
“Talent is not important, what's important is the presence like what I’ve said to Maddie, to Bea last year, your presence will be much important to the team because you’re an Ate,” said Almadro. “You still got some talent to share. Kung gusto mo bumalik, kung gusto mo to share, give back and go back to your school, you’re always welcome.”
“I’m looking forward and I’m praying for it na she discern well and decide na tumulong ulit,” he concluded.