Tolentino remains undecided on UAAP 'super seniors' reprieve
Mark Escarlote on Jul 23, 2020 02:28 PM
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While the possibility of an extended playing year for ‘super seniors’ is a welcome development for players affected by the cancellation of UAAP Season 82, Kat Tolentino remains undecided in her future with Ateneo de Manila University.
Outgoing UAAP president Em Fernandez of Ateneo said in a report that the league’s Board of Trustees has already discussed the one-year extension of seniors whose last playing year came to an abrupt end due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and are awaiting approval.
This move, however, only applies to athletes of second-semester sports, which failed to finish or begin their respective events. The age requirement will also be bent given that a student-athlete is just one year over the age limit of 25.
But for the 25-year old Fil-Canadian, playing for the reigning women’s volleyball champion Lady Eagles one last time is currently not on the top of her mind.
“I think playing my last year of UAAP isn't something I am focusing on since there hasn't even been any announcements as to when we can even resume volleyball training,” Tolentino told ABS-CBN Sports.
Born January 27, 1995, the 6-foot-2 hitter could be over the age limit once the next season opens in the first quarter of 2021.
Tolentino debuted in Season 79 after recovering from a knee injury and helped the Lady Eagles reclaim the crown last year. She decided to return in Season 82 but the health crisis spoiled what could have been her swan song.
Her presence in Season 83 will be a big boost for the Lady Eagles’ title-retention bid.
But just like last year Tolentino would like to take her sweet time to think of a possible return stint.
“I’m still adjusting to living life in the new normal and there is so much happening in the world right now that I haven't really been able to give much thought into playing one more year,” she said.
While Tolentino wants to think things over, another ‘super senior’ libero Ricky Marcos of men’s defending back-to-back champion National University hopes that the BOT would give those who were supposed to graduate in Season 82 a reprieve.
“Para sa akin siyempre masaya ako na bibigyan nila ng kulay at isa pang pagkakataon na makapaglaro ang mga student-athletes sa kanilang final year,” said the national team standout.
The 2019 Southeast Asian Games silver medalist added that an extension will give the seniors a fitting farewell denied to them in Season 82.
“Maraming nalungkot sa nangyari na di inaasahan. Maraming hindi natanggap agad ‘yung situation,” he said.
Other key super seniors who could return once the extension is approved are Jho Maraguinot of Ateneo, Tots Carlos and Isa Molde of University of the Philippines, EJ Laure of University of Sto. Tomas and De La Salle University's Tim Tiamzon, CJ Saga and Aduke Ogunsanya and National University’s Risa Sato among others.
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