SGA With NCAA champions Clo Mondoñedo, Michelle Gamit, Gayle Pascual and Jade Gentapa now full-pledged pros, Zus Coffee hopes to make an impact in the next PVL conference. SGA photo

SGA, Zus Coffee to team up for PVL

May 28, 2024 Theodore P. Jurado 150 views

AFTER leading College of Saint Benilde in winning a third consecutive NCAA women’s volleyball championship, the quartet of Clo Mondoñedo, Michelle Gamit, Gayle Pascual and Jade Gentapa are now full-pledged pros.

Strong Group Athletics yesterday afternoon announced its partnership with Zus Coffee, leading to the rebranding of its volleyball team to the Thunderbelles, starting with the upcoming Premier Volleyball League conference.

Mondoñedo, Gamit, Pascual and Gentapa previously played as “special guest players” for Farm Fresh last season and were subsequently released into free agency prior to NCAA Season 99.

The Thunderbelles will embark on this new journey under veteran mentor Jerry Yee, who will now take the reins from SGA interim coach Onyok Getigan.

Yee, who previously steered the Foxies, will use his familiarity on Mondoñedo, Gamit, Pascual and Gentapa as Zus Coffee hopes to make an impact in the PVL.

“We are thankful to Zus Coffee for helping us build our second team in the PVL. With this, we are bringing in coach Jerry Yee, who is the head of our volleyball program in Strong Group,” said Zus Coffee team manager Kiara Cruz. “Being a multiple-time champion coach, we are confident that he can lead the Thunderbelles to the top of the PVL one day.”

Mondoñedo, Gamit, Pascual and Gentapa have been instrumental in the Lady Blazers’ remarkable achievements, highlighted by an impressive 40-match winning streak which started during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.

“I’m glad to have the St. Benilde seniors in our team Zus Coffee. It’s good that magkakasama pa rin kami sa PVL. They will be the core of our team as we build this team through the upcoming draft,” said Yee.

Mondoñedo, a 5-foot-6 playmaker, was the glue that the Lady Blazers stuck together who emerged as the NCAA season MVP and Best Setter.

Gamit, a 5-foot-9 middle hitter, produced the championship-sealing kill against Letran that cemented Benilde’s dynasty in the league.

Pascual, a 5-foot-8 opposite spiker and two-time NCAA Finals MVP, is expected to be one of the Thunderbelles’ main offensive options along with Jade Gentapa, a 5-foot-8 outside hitter who will add her dynamic skills to the roster.