FANS of Ateneo should not expect crowd darling Gretchen Ho to see action for the Lady Eagles, atleast not in the First Conference of the Shakey’s V-League.
No less than Ho confirmed to television sports program PTV Sports that she's skipping the tournament to give younger players in the Ateneo pool a chance to get the needed exposure in a top-level tournament.
“I decided not to join the V-League because I wanted the younger players to get the exposure, they will be the ones playing in the UAAP,” said Ho in a statement that will surely break the hearts of her fans.
“I think (the young ones) need the playing time, more than I do,” added Ho.
The Management Engineering graduate is also taking a new career path as she is set to embark on a television hosting job while exploring options in the corporate marketing world.
Cable-based channel Balls TV and PTV are reportedly courting Ho for sportscasting and youth program hosting jobs.
The 5-8 Ho said the break from volleyball will also be good for her after devoting the past five years to her studies and Ateneo's campaign, both in the UAAP and the V-League.
“It’s been a very busy five years of college for me, so I want to enjoy my life first and look at what opportunities are there for me,” she said.
Ho and another star teammate, Dzi Gervacio, have skipped the Katipunan-based squad's opening game in the V-League, although coach Roger Gorayeb bared in a Spin.ph interview that the team is leaving the door open for the duo's return.
Gervacio is currently in Europe for a family vacation.
Despite her absence, the head-turning Ho believes Ateneo will still be a force to be reckoned with in the tournament.
Watch the full video of the interview with Ho: