Every time collegiate superstars graduate from the UAAP, it is always interesting to know where they are heading for the next chapter of their volleyball careers.
And with the collegiate season officially ending last weekend, the “sweepstakes” for these young guns is now in full swing.
Arguably, UST’s Sisi Rondina, UE’s Kat Arado, Des Cheng of La Salle and Ateneo’s Bea de Leon, Maddie Madayag and Kat Tolentino are the hottest players in the recruitment field.
But while Rondina, Arado and Cheng are already expected to reunite with Petron, Generika and F2 Logistics, respectively, Madayag and Tolentino – it seemed – are still undecided to where to take their talents to.
Madayag and Tolentino have so much to offer in the table.
— ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) May 18, 2019
For one, they are coming off a victorious collegiate stint after leading the Lady Eagles to their third UAAP championship. For sure, these ladies want a follow-up to their collegiate success, hoping to clinch another title with their new teams.
Both in tiptop shapes, Madayag (second Best Middle Blocker) is an impeccable net defender whilst Tolentino (Best Opposite) is someone who can light up the scoreboards at any given time.
On their final year, the middle blocker had a tournament-best 0.86 block average by set including the historic 11-block performance in a single match. Tolentino, meanwhile, was ranked third in spiking (30.23 percent success rate), third in blocking (0.63 blocks per set) and fourth in scoring (200 points total).
Character-wise, these talents out of Katipunan are resilient after having suffered from knee injuries and still emerging as two of the best in the business.
Halting her season short, Madayag acquired an ACL injury during the early goings of Season 78. She then returned the next season, but it wasn’t until Season 81 that she reached her most lethal form. Likewise, Tolentino has suffered ACL injury thrice, but it didn’t dampen her drive to bounce back.
These are why all eyes are on them. Madayag and Tolentino are not only champions, they are also fighters.
— ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) May 8, 2019
Reportedly, three PSL teams are interested with the two champion spikers.
Though already jampacked with ace players, the Blaze Spikers are apparently still eyeing Tolentino to further boost their title defense bid. The Lady Realtors want Madayag in their fold as they look to make the upcoming tournament their breakout stint.
Meanwhile, UVC wants both. After failing to acquire Myla Pablo, UVC is reportedly doing everything it can secure to Madayag and Toletino to play alongside Kalei Mau, Alohi Robins-Hardy and fellow Ateneo standout Amy Ahomiro.
All eyes will remain on them as they have yet to make final decisions.
For now, aspiring teams could only hope that Madayag’ and Tolentino’s decision will lead them right to their doors.