WITH the UAAP competitions hanging in balance due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, student-athletes have to make crucial decisions for their future.
One of them is Jules Samonte, who recently decided to forgo her remaining playing eligibility for the Ateneo women’s volleyball program.
Despite having two years of eligibility left with the Lady Eagles, Samonte, who turns 23 next month, expressed her gratitude to the school for a glorious four years, highlighted by a championship in 2019.
It was Samonte’s championship-clinching kill against University of Santo Tomas that propelled Ateneo back to the throne after three years.
“Seeing all the posts about the UAAP has got me feeling nostalgic,” said Samonte on her Facebook account.
“Words cannot even describe how thankful and blessed I am to have been able to play the game I love for the blue and white,” she added.
“I am immensely grateful to The Ateneo for giving me the opportunity to live out my dream and of course thank you to everyone who has been part of this journey.”
After a stellar high school run with La Salle-Zobel which included a 2013 UAAP high school girls volleyball crown, Samonte entered Ateneo in 2016.
In her first year, Samonte won the Season 79 Rookie of the Year honors.
Samonte also played for the Lady Eagles in the UAAP beach volleyball competition for two seasons.