Fab five (Ateneo)

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The Ateneo de Manila University collegiate women's varsity volleyball team has been recruiting groups of five players from time to time over the years. The 2008 batch is referred to as the Fabulous Five or Fab 5 by the Ateneo community and fans. The 2010 and 2013 batches were all members of the Ateneo team that made history by winning Ateneo's first volleyball championship in the UAAP women's volleyball senior division in season 76 (2013–14).[1]

In the UAAP Season 77 (2014–15), the Lady Eagles won their second straight title by sweeping all the games for a perfect season (16 wins – 0 losses).[2]

Class 2008[edit]

Fille Saint Merced Cainglet - Cayetano[edit]

Fille Cainglet - Cayetano plays the position of open hitter in volleyball. While playing in the UAAP, a collegiate varsity league she was voted as one of the most improved volleyball players in the tournament. Her elevation and her aggressiveness attracted so many fans. Her amazing spikes and digs helped her team, the Ateneo Lady Blue Eagles reach the Finals of UAAP Season 74 (2011) and UAAP Season 75 (2012). Fille played for the Petron Blaze Spikers in the Philippine Super Liga (PSL) from 2013-2016. She is now playing as an open spiker for the Creamline Cool Smashers in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL).

Jamenea Ferrer[edit]

Jem Ferrer plays the position of Setter in volleyball and is recognized as one of the best in that position in Philippine volleyball. She received 5 best setter awards while playing in high school and college. Though small in height, this did not prevent her from excelling in playing the setter position. In UAAP Season 72, playing on her second year in the UAAP, She received the Best Setter award. She also won the Best Setter award on Season 73, on her last playing year in Ateneo, she won the Best Setter award for the third time. She was a member of the Ateneo Lady Blue Eagles volleyball team that reached the Finals back-to-back in the UAAP Season 74 (2011) and UAAP Season 75 (2012). After graduating from college Jem continued to play in a club volleyball league. She is currently a member of the PLDT Home Telpad Turbo Boosters, a semi-pro volleyball club team in the Philippines.

Angeline Marie Gervacio[edit]

Dzi Gervacio is a former Ateneo Lady Eagles standout volleyball player known for her strong jump serves.She plays the opposite hitter position. Because of her strong attacks and jump serves, she helped the Lady Blue Eagles to two finals appearances in the UAAP Season 74 and UAAP Season 75. She is now playing for the BanKo Perlas Spikers (2017) as an open hitter and is teammates with her batchmate, setter Jamenea Ferrer.

Gretchen Ho[edit]

Ho is a former Lady Eagle standout, known for her beauty that the fans like to cheer her and she plays Middle Hitter. Because of her quick and running attacks, she gave the Lady Blue Eagles a finals appearance in the UAAP Season 74 and UAAP Season 75 where they failed to capture the title. She last played for the Petron Blaze Spikers (2013-2015) in Philippine Superliga before committing full-time as an anchor, segment host and field reporter for various ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs programs, such as Umagang Kay Ganda and TV Patrol for ABS-CBN, and The Score and University Town for ABS-CBN Sports+Action.

Ailysse Nacachi[edit]

A is a former Lady Eagle standout. A is known for her aggressiveness at the net. She might be underrated but not undervalued.

Class 2010[edit]

Alyssa Valdez[edit]

Valdez is arguably the most powerful volleyball spiker in the Philippines. She was named the Phenom of volleyball in the Philippines. Valdez received many MVP awards because of her playing skills. She led the Ateneo Lady Eagles to their first and second championship in the UAAP. She led the PLDT Home Telpad Turbo Boosters to their first championship in the Shakey's V-League. She is the first woman who received 4 awards in one season in the UAAP. She scored more than 30 points in one game. Currently the recordholder for the most points made in a game in the Philippines. (39 points on an SVL game last 10/5/2016)

Jorella Marie de Jesus[edit]

Ella is the one of the smallest players and one of the smallest spikers in the country but her elevation is high. She can play multiple positions like Open Hitter/Opposite/Libero/setter. She is part of the Ateneo's back-to-back titles. She was also part of the U-23 lineup with team captain Alyssa Valdez, Jia Morado and Bea De Leon.

Dennise Michelle Lazaro[edit]

Denden is considered as one of the Best Liberos in the Philippines. She received multiple Best Receiver and Best Digger Awards. She is part of the Ateneo's back-to-back titles.

Rongomaipapa Amy Ahomiro[edit]

Amy is a lefty Middle Hitter recruited from Brent International School - Manila. Amy hails from New Zealand. She was part of the Ateneo's back-to-back titles. And she became the UAAP season 77 Finals MVP.

Bea Tan[edit]

Bea is a versatile player when it comes to positions. She mostly plays on the sand court but also plays indoors. She was part of the Ateneo's first championship.

Class 2013[edit]

Julia Melissa Morado[edit]

Jia Morado replaced Jem Ferrer as main setter for the Lady Blue Eagles in season 76 (2013–14). Jia was instrumental in Ateneo's first and second UAAP volleyball championships. She bagged the Best Setter Award last season 77 of the UAAP Women's Volleyball tournament. She was also part of the U-23 and SEA games line-up and was the main and only setter of the team. She is the team captain of the Ateneo Lady Eagles for UAAP Season 79.

Michelle Kathereen Morente[edit]

Mich Morente played the role of spark plug of the Ateneo Lady Eagles in seasons 76 (2013–14) and 77 (2014–15). Mich replaced Dzi Gervacio in the position of opposite hitter. She was part of Ateneo's back-to-back titles. In season 78 (2015–16), Morente was dropped from the team roster so she can concentrate on her academics.

Kassarandra Miren Gequillana[edit]

Kim Gequillana is known to be a very productive player for the Lady Eagles. She replaced Amy Ahomiro as utility after Maddie Madayag's injury and earned her spot in the starters. She has taken part in Ateneo's back-to-back titles.

Ana Laureen Gopico[edit]

Ana Gopico was part of Ateneo's first ever UAAP volleyball championship. Ana is a Middle Hitter/Blocker and was a highly recruited player from Colegio de San Agustin - Makati in high school. She played for the National Capital Region volleyball team in the 2013 Palarong Pambansa where she won the MVP award. She is the third highest scorer for Ateneo in season 76, averaging 8.4 points per game. She is currently out of the Ateneo varsity volleyball team due to an ACL injury on her left knee which she acquired during Season 76 (2013–14) and another recent (2015) ACL injury on her right knee.

Jamie Isabelle Lavitoria[edit]

Jamie Lavitoria was part of the Ateneo's back-to-back championship. Formerly a setter during her high school years in California, US, she was recruited by Ateneo to be part of the team. She didn't suit up for Season 80.

Class 2014[edit]

Isabel Beatriz De Leon[edit]

Bea de Leon is a 5'11 Middle Blocker of the Ateneo Lady Eagles. Her unique way of celebrating a point, her fierceness and her aggressiveness inside the court contribute a lot of energy to the team. Bea was part of the Ateneo's second UAAP volleyball championship. She was also a member of the 2015 Philippine national U-23 team and member of the SEA Games line up, along with three other Ateneo Lady Eagles. She was also the second best middle blocker in the SVL Collegiate Conference (2015).

Therese Marie Marguerette Gaston[edit]

Therese Gaston was a member of the Ateneo women's varsity volleyball team that won Ateneo's second women's volleyball championship in UAAP season 77 (2014–15). Therese was recruited from the Junior Golden Tigresses, the high school girls' varsity volleyball team of the University of Santo Tomas. She has since dropped out of the group due unforeseen reasons. She has since auditioned to be a court side reporter.

Madeleine Yrenea Madayag[edit]

Maddie Madayag, a 5'11 middle blocker, is known for her aggressiveness at the net; whether it's a block kill or a running spike. Arguably has the prettiest running spike in Philippine volleyball right now, she is described by an Italian coach Fabio Menta as " by far the most elegant and graceful player ever walked on a Filipino court" [3]. She was a member of the Ateneo women's varsity volleyball team that won the team's back-to-back women's volleyball championships in Seasons 76 and 77.

During the second round of eliminations of the UAAP Season 78 volleyball tournament, Madayag suffered an Anterior cruciate ligament injury on her right knee that caused her to stop playing for the rest of the season. The injury happened during the spiking drill in one of the team's practice sessions on March 16, 2016. Madayag underwent surgery and was replaced by Amy Ahomiro in her present position.[4][5]

Katrina Mae Tolentino[edit]

Kat Tolentino is a 6'3 recruit from Canada. Kat is a Fil-Canadian from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. After undergoing a one-year residency, she was eligible to play and was listed in the roster of the Ateneo Lady Eagles in 2015. The team joined the Shakey's V-League, a preseason volleyball tournament held during summer. Unfortunately, her playing career was again put on hold when her right knee suffered an ACL injury while doing warm-ups before the team's first game.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "United they fly: How the ADMU Lady Eagles became UAAP vball champs".
  2. ^ "UAAP: Ateneo shuts out La Salle for perfect season, wins second straight women's volleyball title".
  3. ^ https://www.facebook.com/coachfabiomenta/posts/481544208954674
  4. ^ "Confirmed ACL injury: Madayag out for the season". ABS-CBN Sports. March 16, 2016. Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  5. ^ "Ahomiro set to return in the middle to fill in for injured Madayag". ABS-CBN Sports. March 17, 2016. Retrieved March 17, 2016.