Amy Ahomiro was a witness as Ateneo bowed to TIP in their first game in the Shakey’s V-League Collegiate Conference Monday night at the Philsports Arena.
Helpless in the sidelines, the New Zealand native was unable to help the Lady Eagles on the court as the former UAAP champs desperately looked for a leader against the upstart Lady Engineers.
Like Alyssa Valdez, Ahomiro has used up her collegiate eligibility and opted to let the young Katipunan belles figure out the future through playing in the V-League.
Nonetheless, the Season 77 Finals MVP admits she misses wearing the Blue and White.
“Yeah, I miss it,” she said. “I actually didn’t want to watch because I’m jealous. But I’m here to support nalang.”
Being part of the Ateneo team that won back-to-back titles in 2014 and 2015, Ahomiro said that seeing how their former rookies have become veterans of the team is something that she is proud of.
“I’m excited for them. They’re gonna be good. They just need to jel together,” she stressed. “It’s fun to see them. I’ve known them to be so young, and now they’re like the ates of the team. When I hear people call Gizelle (Tan), ate Gizelle it’s super funny. But I’m super happy for them.”
Outside hitter Jho Maraguinot and middle blocker Bea De Leon had to stay on the sidelines due to injuries, but even with that road block, Ahomiro still sees a bright future for the Lady Eagles.
“They’re a little bit, not naman lost. But this is their first game naman without Alyssa (Valdez) and me, BeaDel (De Leon), and Jho (Maraguinot) isn’t there. I think they’re doing well naman,” she said. “They’re basically pretty much rookies. I’m super excited lang on how much they’re gonna grow this season.”
After finishing their stint in Bali Pure, Ahomiro said that she will start training for beach volleyball before plunging back in the V-League Reinforced Conference with the Purest Water Defenders again. — By Joyce Palad