Enjoy Jessy de Leon while she’s still there because the RC Cola-Army sophomore will exit the game, after 2 stints with the Lady Troopers, and she may never come back again.
De Leon, a big part of coach Kung Fu Reyes’s rotation in the middle, said she will opt out of playing volleyball to focus on her career as an architect.
“Plans after (this conference)? Magfi-firm na ko. Magfo-focus na sa pagiging architect,” De Leon told FOX Sports after Army’s loss to Petron in the PSL All-Filipino Conference last Sunday.
The former UST middle blocker said nothing is sure as of the moment, but noted she will focus her energy on pursuing her ‘other love.’
“I’m not sure kasi di ko pa naman kinoclose doors ko (sa volleyball),” she stressed. “Importante sa akin yung volleyball pero most likely magi-invest na ng time sa architecture kasi kailangan ko ng 2 years na experience. Basta kailangan kong tapusin 2 years experience ko, tapos ayun magbo-board exams ako tapos pagkatapos nun dun ko ulit titingnan.”
Her farewell tour, though, took a hit as the Lady Troopers’ dream start to the conference was halted as they have lost their last 4 outings.
“Ngayon nakaka-frustrate yung sunud-sunod naming talo, mas lalo first time sa Army na ganito,” she admitted. “Pero ayun nga it should serve as a motivation to work harder and mas lalo na kailangan ko magpagaling sa mga susunod na games para makapag-contribute.”
To make matters worse, De Leon sprained her left ankle in the second round, adding to Army’s growing injury list.
Rachel Anne Daquis and Joanne Bunag were also sidelined heading into the knockout semifinals game against top seed Foton on Thursday.
“Since most likely magsa-stop na ko, mas magwowork hard ako for the remaining games. Syempre gusto namin na since last, positive ang result. Pukpukan yung labanan hindi lang 100 percent kung hind 101% ang ibibigay,” she said.
De Leon’s career as a volleyball player is down to her last few games and will depend on how the Lady Troopers will fare tomorrow.
“Emotional kasi para sa akin important talaga yung volleyball. Mahirap i-let go sa akin yung volleyball lalo na sa Army team mismo na very family yung turing sa akin at yung turing ko sa kanila. Sa akin nakaka-sad sya kasi ayoko ring tumigil.” — By John Chester Fajardo