UAAP Season 81: Diolan, Clemente could get go-signal to play
Mark Escarlote on Jan 14, 2019 09:12 PM
Rica Diolan of National University and transferee Lourdes Clemente could get the go-signal to play for their respective squads.
Barring other technicalities in their eligibility, returning National University setter Rica Diolan and De La Salle University transferee Lourdes Clemente could get the green light to play for their respective schools in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.
UAAP Board and eligibility committee member Rod Roque of University of the East said that the two players have met the criteria for residency and for student-athletes pursuing graduate studies if their respective teams submit their names in their roster.
The eight schools have until January 28 to submit their team rosters to the screening committee.
Diolan left NU after Season 78 and tried her luck at different schools before enrolling at UE two years ago. She never made the roster of then head coach Francis Vicente and left the school after just one semester and returned to NU.
“Nag-one year na siya sa NU, nag-residency na siya,” said Roque of Diolan. “Nag-one year na siya sa NU so qualified na siyang maglaro ulit.”
In the case of Clemente, the middle blocker and former national team member exhausted all her playing years with University of Perpetual Help and decided to transfer to DLSU for her graduate studies and try her luck with the four-peat-seeking Lady Spikers.
Although DLSU head coach Ramil de Jesus has yet to confirm Clemente’s inclusion to the team, she has been seen training with the team.
“Kapag masteral tapos galing ka sa ibang school walang residency, ready to play. Pero kung galing ka sa ibang UAAP school, magma-masteral ka sa another UAAP school then one year residency. Pero si Lourdes wala siya, qualified siya,” said Roque.
The Eligibility Committee will conduct screening on February 4 while the final approval of the rosters is set on Feb. 11.
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