KAT Tolentino has already set her sights of playing in the now-pro Premier Volleyball League.
The veteran opposite hitter confirmed Tuesday night that she will no longer suit up for Ateneo after the scrapping of this year’s UAAP women’s volleyball tournament.
“I will be playing for Choco Mucho and have already committed to them,” said Tolentino.
Along with her brother Vince who plays with PBA team Rain or Shine, Tolentino recently returned to country after spending the lockdown in Canada since April and has just completed a 14-day quarantine.
Tolentino helped the Lady Eagles win the UAAP Season 81 crown and copped the Best Opposite Spiker award.
After she initially opted to forego her final year of eligibility, Tolentino made a turnaround and decided to play for another run at a championship in November 2019.
But Tolentino’s collegiate career came to an abrupt end as the COVID-19 pandemic terminated UAAP Season 82.
Ateneo played just two games, beating University of the Philippines in the season opener before bowing to archrivals La Salle.
Last month, the UAAP has already canceled Season 83.
“Considering that the UAAP has been postponed the past two years, I’m sure I’m ineligible now,” said Tolentino.
“So instead, I am looking forward to focusing on the PVL and being a professional athlete,” she added.
Tolentino hopes to help the Flying Titans to achieve a breakthrough after a forgettable debut in the 2019 Open Conference.
Reuniting with former Ateneo teammates Bea de Leon, Maddie Madayag, Jamie Lavitoria, Kim Gequillana, libero Denden Lazaro and coach Oliver Almadro, Choco Mucho is tipped to be one of the favorites in the PVL.
Now a professional league, the PVL is plotting for a April 10 opening in a bubble environment.Publication Source : People's Tonight