‘DIRETSO SA LADY FALCONS,’ CONFIRMS GRADUATING BABY FALCON ELOI ALJIBE
“Yes po, didiretso po ako sa Lady Falcons.”
This was the quick confirmation provided by Baby Falcon Eloi Aljibe when asked by Akari Sports about where she’s headed for college after she graduates from senior high school later this year.
The feisty middle blocker is one of the key pieces of Adamson and Akari’s grassroots program that has since blossomed in the high school ranks and produced powerhouse players like Trisha Tubu.
However, the direct answer about continuing her college education and playing career with Adamson does not mean the decision was rushed and thoughtless.
It was, in fact, a constant back and forth in her head.
“Ang daming beses ko rin po pinag-isipan kung mag stay ba or hindi. Inisip ko nga rin po na what if lumipat ako sa ibang school. Pero ang mas umangat pa rin po is mag stay ako dito kasi nandito na ako at may nasimulan na ako dito,” Aljibe revealed to Akari Sports.
What sealed the deal for Aljibe to remain in San Marcelino was the Baby Falcons’ run to the UAAP Season 85 Finals where she felt the outpouring of support from Adamson, its community, and Akari.
“Dahil dito sa pagpasok namin sa Finals sa girls’ volley sa UAAP, dun ako nag decide na dito na ako. Kasi may program from high school to college. May suporta ng Adamson at Akari. Kaya pag nagtulong-tulong, marami pa kaming kayang patunayan,” she said.
Aljibe will be joining the fellow middle blockers Lorene Toring, Ckyle Tagsip, and Rizza Cruz, who happens to someone she looks up to skills-wise.
“Excited po ako maka-teammate si Ate Rizza (Cruz). Idol ko po siya. Parehas kaming middle at gustong gusto ko po ang skills niya,” she revealed.
Aljibe is the third player from the Adamson-Akari program to commit to playing for the Lady Falcons this year.
Prior to her confirmation, Aljibe’s teammates, outside hitter Red Bascon and setter Jao Cuenca, have already agreed to bring their talents to Adamson’s senior team.