UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas saw the rebirth of its women’s volleyball program last year when the Tigresses reached the UAAP women’s volleyball Finals after a eight-year absence.
Eya Laure, who was a rookie when her team made it to the league’s biggest stage, was thankful and grateful to UST athletic director Fr. Jannel Abogado, O.P., for making things happen to bring the pride back to one of the traditional women’s volleyball powerhouses.
Abogado, who since being named as athletic director in 2017 saw the Growling Tigers win three consecutive UAAP general championships in the collegiate and high school divisions, was caught in the middle of the men’s basketball team’s “Sorsogon bubble” controversy and resigned from his post last Wednesday.
“Si Father J ang isa sa mga dahilan kung bakit ako/kami nag-stay sa UST,” Laure posted on her Twitter account.
It was Abogado who became instrumental of keeping the talented Junior Tigresses core of Laure, Imee Hernandez, Janna Torres and Maji Mangulabnan in España for college.
“Thank you Father J!! Sa support, sa tiwala, sa pag-aalaga at sa pagmamahal na pinaramramdam mo samin. Mas minahal ko ang UST dahil sayo. See you around UST after this pandemic,” said Laure, who changed her Twitter profile photo posing beside Abogado.
Under Abogado, UST also became dominant in beach volleyball, especially during the tailend of Sisi Rondina’s checkered career in the sand court.
The Tigresses won four straight titles, while the Tigers have ruled the men’s division for two years.