THE birth of the Philippine Super Liga (PSL) is a dream come true for volleyball's pin-up girl Gretchen Ho.
During her time with Ateneo's Lady Eagles, Ho said she and her teammates had often wished that there would be a commercial league similar to basketball's PBA where volleyball players can have careers after college.
“Seeing this league (PSL) actualize is really a dream come true,” said Ho in a talk with Spin.ph before the Petron Blaze Spikers’ game against PLDT MyDSL at The Arena in San Juan in midweek.
“Noong college ako, iniisip lang namin na sana magkaroon din ng parang PBA ang volleyball,” she added.
The former Ateneo standout is grateful that with the Super Liga now becoming a reality, players like her who have played out their college eligibility can look forward to the next step in their volleyball careers.
Small wonder then that despite her growing number of commitments as a television host and top endorser, the charming Ho still finds time to join practices and suit up for the Blaze Spikers.
“Kasi after sa UAAP, wala na kami pupuntahan (dati) para maglaro ng volleyball," said Ho. "Kaya it's really nice to see that this (Super Liga) is not just a proposal anymore.”
At the same time, the 22-year-old spiker who as a kid dreamed of becoming a basketball player, is happy to develop a bond with former opponents who are now her teammates with the Blaze Spikers.
Maika Ortiz, Judy Ann Caballejo, Rhea Dimaculangan, Angge Tabaquero, and Aiza Maizo of University of Santo Tomas, along with Melissa Gohing of La Salle - players Ho faced in countless battles in the UAAP - are now her teammates at Petron.
“Nakakatuwa kasi 'yung mga dati mong kalaban ngayon kakampi mo na,” she said with a smile. “Masaya kasi magbi-build kami ng friendship even if before magkakalaban kami.”