CM Flying Titans adds Ateneo’s standouts to its rosters
Deanna Wong, Ponggay Gaston, and Jamie Lavitoria joined Choco Mucho Flying Titans, solidifying the team during the off-season.
Former UAAP Season 80 Best Setter, Deana Wong was a vital clog in Ateneo’s championship post-Valdez era in Season 81.
Despite skipping her last Season due to a right-leg injury the 22-year-old setter has made a leap to go pro under her former mentor, coach Oliver Almadro.
According to Wong, letting go of Season 82 was not easy as it seems because it will be her last playing year, and the idea of letting Ponggay play alone in their senior year was a big no for her—and as fate would have it the two will play together for the Flying Titans.
Moreover, she shared that it was expected for her to go to Choco Mucho to play along with her former teammates—Bea De Leon and Maddie Dayag since the team plays will not be new to her.
“I think it was on my favored side rin kasi nakalaro ko na sila lalo na sa UAAP. ‘Yung chemistry nandoon. ‘Yung system namin ni Coach O familiar na. Ayun, saka alam ko na rin plays namin nila ate Mads, so it’s easier and comfortable,” she propounded during the Tiebreaker vodcasts So She Did!.
Former Lady Eagles team captain, Ponggay Gaston, was also there during the do or die game of Season 81 against the Growling Tigers.
The former Ateneo skipper tallied 10 points and 23 excellent reception defeating UST in 5 sets, 3-2, (19-25, 22-25, 27-25, 25-22 & 11-15).
Meanwhile, Jamie Lavitoria, the second fiddle to Jia Morado during their collegiate career with Coach Tai Bundit settles for the Flying Titans with her former teammates as well.
For this 5-foot-10 setter who spent her collegiate years under the shadow of Morado, she still hasn’t given her best as this relentless veteran worked on her prowess.
During Season 78 and 79, her fortitude was put to the test due to successive losses which made her exit Ateneo and led her to play for Generika-Ayala in the PSL.
This career-altering decision of Lavitoria made her more valuable, she still chose to go back to her roots—ADMU. Wherein she was offered to play as one of the Lady Eagles once again in Season 82.
“When I was approached [to return to Ateneo], I was actually full of emotions. I was going back and forth of deciding whether I should come back or not. I realized na decisions like this can’t be made overnight. And I realized na this is not just about volleyball, but it’s also my life,” she said.
Both Lavitoria and Gaston played for the Lady Eagles in UAAP Season 82, which was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Flying Titans made the formal announcement through its twitter account.
As of the moment, Ricky Palou, PVL president is still finding the right time to schedule for the resumption of the league due to the COVID-19 pandemic.