Sports Vision salutes TIP & the Lady Engineers
Seven rookies made it to this yearís womenís volleyball team of Technological Institute of the Philippines according to coach Achilles Paril (not in photo).
It is both an honor and a privilege to be named to the women’s volleyball team of TIP and be called a Lady Engineer.
Because the school keeps only two sports teams, the other being the men’s basketball squad.
For the Lady Engineers, taking part in a Sports Vision-organized event, be it the defunct V League or the ongoing Premier Volleyball League, is already the equivalent of a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Because they have no mother league to speak of, no regular tournament to show its mettle in.
“We play only exhibition matches or in invitationals and pocket tourneys or all of them,” said coach Achilles Paril. “Thus, Sports Vision has thrice honored our players by having invited them to two V Leagues and now to the maiden season of Premier Volleyball League, telecast live by ABS-CBN sports channel S+A.”
Without a regular competition for its athletes, TIP, Paril continued, still maintains its two sports teams, granting their members full benefits consisting of full scholarships, training and playing allowances, and board and lodging including free meals.
Thus, a player’s graduation for a TIP student-athlete only means one thing; that said player has graduated from his or her studies, his or her place on the team to be filled in by a new player.
This year, seven or half of the team finished their studies and seven new Lady Engineers were named. Paril identified the rookies as Michelle Gamit, Kate Jazlyne Acuzar, Aixel Myr Cahigao, Wielyn Estoque, Ashley Jean Jinon, Olivia Guling, and Jade Gentapa.
Of the seven veterans remaining on the squad, Alyssa Gayle Layug, a former UP Lady Fighting Maroon, owns the distinction of being able to play in all three grand events of Sport Vision, organizer of the PVL with Asics as its official league partner and Mikasa as the official game ball.
Dearth of volley events
In this basketball-batty nation, the TIP Engineers won’t lack for major tournaments in Metro Manila to compete in even if their school is not a member of a school league such as the UAAP or NCAA.
It is not so for the Lady Engineers, although they may join the PRISAA, UniGames, or the national inter-collegiate. But budget constraints prevent them from doing so, according to coach Paril, even if they are only held in some distant parts of Luzon like Baguio or Naga.
All things considered, Sports Vision salutes TIP and the Lady Engineers for helping the cause of women’s volleyball in their own humble way.
The TIP lineup: Andrea Claire Marie Agustin, Michelle Gamit, Kate Acuzar, Alexandra Louise Rosales, Aixel Cahigao, Sheena Espinosa, Wielyn Estoque, Ashley Jinon, Alyssa Layug, Olivia Guling, Jade Gentapa, Eliza Ann Yamson, Khem Consencino, and Eunice Mabayao.
The coaching staff: Jerry Yee, team manager; Achilles Paril, head coach; Gwynette Ligeralde, asst. coach; Athena Jonah Paril, trainer; and trainer/therapist, Zyra Mae Martinez.