AFTER completing her first season in the Premier Volleyball League, middle blocker Sattriani Espiritu is looking forward to making the biggest break in her young club career.
Once the PVL is ready to resume its competitions soon, Espiritu will now play for Motolite, which made some key moves during the off-season to improve from its performance last year.
“I’m blessed to be part of another team that I can call family,” said Espiritu.
A former San Beda standout in the NCAA, Espiritu is excited to play alongside veterans Carmela Tunay, Chloe Cortez and Melissa Gohing, who all have vast championship experience in club leagues.
Tunay and Cortez are formerly from Philippine SuperLiga powerhouse Petron, while libero Gohing suited up last season for three-time PVL champions Creamline.
“I love them! Ate Mela, Ate Chloe and Ate Mel are super nice, humble, supportive and super fun to be with. Actually everyone in the team is, they make everyone feel welcome whether you’re an old player or a new player,” said Espiritu.
After her stint with the Lady Red Spikers, Espiritu made her club league debut with BaliPure last year, where she was one of the key players in the middle.
Espiritu relished her experience playing in PVL, especially going up against the country’s best volleyball players.
“The experience was unlike any other, specially for someone like me who wanted to play in a club team ever since,” said Espiritu, who had to make a major adjustment from the style of college and club play.
“It wasn’t easy, it was a bit of a rollercoaster ride. I’m just thankful for BaliPure and Motolite in making the transition easier for me,” she added.
Two years ago, San Beda made a breakthrough by claiming its first-ever women’s volleyball Finals appearance, which Espiritu considered as her most memorable experience in the NCAA.
“That time when we were able to go against Arellano for the Championship,” said Espiritu, a daughter of broadsheet photographer Sonny.
The Lady Red Spikers may have ended up in second place – the team’s best-ever finish since the women’s volleyball program started in 2007 – but Espiritu was very grateful to be part of San Beda, which has been on the rise in the past few years.
When she is not playing on the taraflex floor, Espiritu is doing some modeling on the side.
She is enjoying both worlds.
“It was a fun experience. I got to dress up and put make-up on. I also got to meet different people outside the volleyball world. It was kinda refreshing to see and be part of a different environment once in a while,” said Espiritu.
Volleyball has helped Espiritu a lot, not only inside the court but outside as well. As long as her body will allow to, Espiritu will continue to play for the sport that she loves.