The newest Lady Falcon has landed.
More than 2 months since she parted ways with former team La Salle, spiker Eli Soyud made her transfer to San Marcelino official as she jumpstarts the next chapter in her collegiate volleyball career with emerging Adamson University.
Joining her first-ever photoshoot wearing her new school colors Tuesday, Soyud gladly talked about how she ended up in Adamson but declined to talk about her falling out with the Lady Spikers out of respect to her erstwhile team.
“Ako lang at ‘yung teammates ko lang kasi ang nakaalam na wala na ako sa team. I didn’t expect na kukunin ako ng Adamson. I was surprised siyempre,” she told Akari Sports.
The move is looking to be a wise choice for Soyud as Adamson continues its surge in different sports, most notable of which are its men’s basketball’s fourth place finish and its pep squad bringing home the CDC bronze last month.
Actively yet quietly beefing up the school’s women’s volleyball roster, sponsor Akari Lighting, through designated team manager Russell Balbacal, caught wind of Soyud’s predicament while the squad was in Dumaguete last month for the 2016 Unigames.
Talking about her other options before Adamson made a pitch, Soyud shares: “My other option is women’s basketball ng La Salle. Magta-tryout ako. Kung makukuha eh di go. Kung hindi, baka mag NCAA.”
““Ang nag-iisang school lang na nag offer sa akin is Adamson kasi no one knew naman na wala na ako dun sa La Salle,” she added. “I grabbed the opportunity siyempre. Sabi nga pag ‘yung opportunity nag close na ng door sa’yo, siyempre mago-open si Lord ng another door for you.”
“Feeling ko will na rin ni God.”
Adamson and Akari recently scored a recruitment coup by putting together an all-woman coaches led by American Airess Padda, 2-time UAAP champion Michele Gumabao, former UST stalwart Angge Tabaquero and homegrown talent Cherry Macatangay.
Heading into Season 79, however, the expectations from the Lady Falcons are not overwhelming as they march into a new era of their revamped volleyball program.
This perfectly coincides with Soyud having to sit out the next round of collegiate wars due to UAAP rules regarding residency.
“I have to make a decision for myself and for my future. Sabi nga ng kuya ko, pag mag basketball kasi ako wala namang future kasi wala naman silang professional league. Sa volleyball, may PSL,” she said regarding her choice to move out.
Soyud will be joining holdovers from Season 78 like Jelli Tempiatura, Jema Gallanza and Joy Dacoron and a couple of other recruits as they aim to return to power in the UAAP.