PVL: Exciting Polvorosa expands his world
ABS-CBN Sports on May 23, 2018 11:55 AM
Cignal parades a heavy concentration of the best and the brightest from the UAAP and NCAA. Among them are fresh recruits Marck Espejo (no. 15) and Ish Polvorosa (no. 14) from Ateneo and Wendel Miguel (no. 10) from the University of the Philippines and Anjo Pertierra of Mapua. Head coach Oliver Admadro is standing sixth from right. (Photo by Eileen Araza)
Blue Eagle Ish Polvorosa is flying over a brave, new world.
The 21-year-old pride of Imus City, Cavite, is now out to make an impact in his first appearance as a ballclub member in the Premier Volleyball League, as well as leave a lasting legacy in public service as a newly-elected SK chair in his barangay.
Eve of the Cignal HD Spikers’ opening game in the PVL May 16, Polvorosa was officially proclaimed SK president of 2-B Anabu, winning by only six or seven votes as an independent candidate.
“Wala akong pera kaya lahat ng klase ng pangangampanya ginawa ko. Pati nga pambayad sa mga watchers wala ako. But thank God nanalo pa rin ako.”
Polvorosa, who graduated with a degree in AB European Studies at the same time that he completed his five-year stint in the UAAP marked by three straight championships, said his youth leadership program will be anchored on furthering the causes of sports, environment and education.
That kind of victory in another turf so overwhelmed him that the following morning when he reported at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City to start playing for Cignal, he admitted that the excitement of clinching the SK chairmanship against all odds was still very much with him.
In fact, he claimed – and should be forgiven when he said -- he was more excited at his victory in the polls than at starting his pro career with the Cignal HD Spikers.
After all, he played nothing but first-class volleyball in the past five seasons, winning for himself five best setter awards in the UAAP and another three in the V League collegiate division while helping the Ateneo Blue Eagles capture three consecutive titles in the UAAP and at least three more in the V League.
Besides Polvorosa, the other newcomers on the Cignal roster include the exceptionally explosive Marck Espejo, five-time UAAP and six-time V League MVP, University of the Philippines top gun Wendel Miguel and Mapua ace middle blocker Anjo Pertierra.
“What the four newcomers bring to the team is youth and a go-to-guy (in Espejo),” said head coach Oliver Almadro, best remembered for steering the Eagles to those three straight UAAP titles and for sweeping all three conferences of the first season of the PVL last year.
He won as first-time coach of Cignal the Open and Reinforced Conferences and the Collegiate Conference crown in between for his Blue Eagles.
The rest of the HD Spikers include former Blue Eagles Isay Marasigan (team captain), Josh Villanueva, Rex Intal and Timothy Sto. Tomas, Sandy Montero, Peter Torres, Edmar Bonono, Lorenzo Capate, Vince Mangulabnan and Alexis Faytaren.
With Oliver in the coaching staff are assistant coaches Dexter Clamor and Herschel Ramos and therapist/trainer Alcoba delos Reyes.