The San Beda University Lady Red Spikers continue to fortify their roster for the upcoming NCAA women’s volleyball tournament, securing the commitment of setter Patricia Grace Hiponia.
Hiponia, a member of the Western Visayas secondary girls volleyball team that ruled the 2023 Palarong Pambansa, agreed to join the Lady Red Spikers, a move that also fulfills her dream of playing in Manila.
Hiponia fulfils dream
“It was my dream to play and study in Manila, and it was an honor that San Beda has given me that opportunity to fulfill this dream,” Hiponia said.
“San Beda can expect me to provide a positive attitude, hard work, respect, sportsmanship, optimism, and most importantly, commitment and dedication, not just during NCAA matches but every time, on and off the court,” she added.
Hiponia said she is excited to help the Lady Red Spikers when she becomes eligible for NCAA Season 100.
“As a setter, I will do my best to contribute to the team by setting the ball well. I am cooperative and have good communication skills, which are factors in promoting teamwork,” Hiponia quipped.
“I believe teamwork is essential to the good development of the team along the way, and I also look forward to helping San Beda achieve their championship aspirations someday,” she added.
Lady Red Spikers hope recruitment efforts pay off
Hiponia is the latest Lady Red Spikers recruit from the Bacolod Tay Tung High School Thunderbolts volleyball program, aside from incoming rookies Sophie Cagalawan, Gwen Banas, and Amber Lily Biong.
“Coming from one of the best high school volleyball programs in the country, we are confident that her playmaking contributions will play a key role in the success of our team,” Lady Red Spikers assistant coach Ray Rosales said.
“San Beda would like to thank (Bacolod Tay Tung team manager) Jose Montalbo for the trust and confidence in the San Beda Volleyball Program. We acknowledge his vision for developing young, talented players to succeed in the sport,” he added.