DLSU DLSU’s Thea Gagate is turning pro, as the middle blocker is expected to figure prominently in the Premier Volleyball League’s inaugural Rookie Draft on July 8. UAAP photo

Gagate, Coronel lead PVL Rookie Draft

June 17, 2024 Theodore P. Jurado 213 views

LA SALLE middle blocker Thea Gagate leads a stacked initial class of 47 players for the Premier Volleyball League’s inaugural Rookie Draft which will take place on July 8.

The league announced yesterday that from a total of 50 applicants, the list was trimmed down to 47 after careful deliberation and screening.

Gagate, together with her Lady Spikers teammates setter Julia Coronel, who also played for Alas Pilipinas which placed third in the just-concluded AVC Challenge Cup for Women, outside hitter Maicah Larroza, and middle blocker Leila Cruz headline the class.

The draft lottery to determine which club from the four bottom teams in the All-Filipino Conference will pick first will be held on June 24.

Zus Coffee, Capital1, Galeries Tower and Farm Fresh will vie for the bragging rights to secure the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.

This historic event marked a significant milestone for the PVL, showcasing a diverse and talented pool of athletes ready to make their mark on the professional stage.

The aspirants met the June 12 deadline, securing their spots in what promises to be a highly-competitive draft.

From UAAP Season 86 women’s volleyball runner-up University of Santo Tomas (UST) opposite spiker Pierre Abellana has entered for the draft.

Adamson will see seven of its student-athletes trying its luck in the draft in outside hitters Lucille Almonte and Ishie Lalongisip, opposite spiker AA Adolfo, setters Nikka Yandoc and Angge Alcantara, libero Karen Verdeflor and middle blocker Sharya Ancheta.

University of the Philippines will see graduating seniors Abi Goc (outside hitter), Jewel Encarnacion (outside hitter), and Steph Bustrillo (opposite spiker) vying for spots, alongside with University of the East’s (UE) Dara Nieva (opposite spiker) and liberos Jenina Zeta and Dea Villamor, as well as Ateneo libero Roma Mae Doromal .

The draft will also feature overseas-based Filipinos with Aleiah Torres of Brock University and Nathalie Ramacula of Red River College Polytechnic, both from Canada, throwing their hats in the ring.

From the NCAA, Letran’s Daisy Melendres and Bay Anne de Leon, Arellano University’s Dodee Batindaan, Robbie Mae Matawaran, Lorraine Pecaña, Donnalyn Paralejas and Charmina Diño, Emilio Aguinaldo College’s Cath Almazan, Lyceum of the Philippines University’s Camille Belaro, San Beda’s Max Tayag and Lalaine Arizapa; San Sebastian’s Jewelle Bermillo, and University of Perpetual Help System Dalta’s Razel Aldea and Sandra Dayao hope to land a PVL team.

The draft includes Lovely Zapf and Lian Macasiray from DLSU-Dasmariñas, Andrea Jardio of LPU-Alabang, Jamie Solina from Marinduque State, Danya Casino of Trinity, and Danivah Aying from USJ-R.

Completing the list of hopefuls are former La Salle training pool players Caroline Santos, Ysabela Bakabak and Gill Torres.

The two-day Draft Combine, set for June 25-26 at Game Ville Ballpark in Mandaluyong City, will also showcase the league’s free agents.