PLDT High Speed Hitters have added PVL Best Libero Kath Arado, middle blocker Jessey De Leon, and wing spiker Mean Mendrez to their roster ahead of the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) 2022 season, the team announced on Sunday.

/ 17 January 2022

Arado, De Leon, and Mendrez previously played for Petro Gazz, who finished third in the 2021 PVL Open Conference.

The trio did not renew with their former team after their contracts expired last year and mutually parted ways earlier this month.

They will be joining veteran setter Rhea Dimaculangan, opposite hitter Eli Soyud, outside spiker Chin Basas and libero Nieza Viray.

According to Arado, one of the factors she considered when deciding whether or not to join the team was who her teammates would be.

Kami nila Ate Rhea, Chin at Ate Eli, nagsama-sama nun sa Generika. Kilala ko na po sila eh, at malaking bagay yun. Hindi ako nagdalawang isip na pumunta dito,” said Arado.

Aside from the new addition to the squad, the High Speed Hitters will also be led by a new coach in George Pascua.

Pascua will take over as PLDT’s head coach following the departure of Roger Gorayeb, who has been in charge since 2013.

The PVL is eyeing to start its upcoming season in February.