Rica Diolan: a Lady Bulldog out to earn her fangs
Tricia Robredo on Aug 10, 2015 07:10 PM
Rica Diolan (no. 1) may have much to learn in her first year with the National University Lady Bulldogs but she is determined to contribute for the team.
In the world of Philippine sports, we often hear of high school players who opt to transfer to a different school and play and pursue their college studies elsewhere.
However, this wasn’t the case for freshman setter Rica Diolan, who won a championship with NU’s high school volleyball team and who now joins the Lady Bulldogs to hopefully contribute for a title of their own.
Hailing all the way from Mindanao, Rica was discovered by former head coach Dong Dela Cruz in DAVRAA’s game against NAMRAA in the Palarong Pambansa, He was impressed by the athleticism shown by the Davao native and unhesitatingly asked her to come to Manila and pursue her volleyball career there.
Quite interestingly, volleyball wasn’t exactly Rica’s first love. She was taught the sport when she was in her fourth year of grade school but initially found it uninteresting. Her father then wanted her to try basketball, while the mother asked for athletics. But it was sepak takraw that she fancied, mastered and competed in.
However, as time passed, she eventually missed playing volley and vowed never to leave it anymore. One of those things she also never thought of leaving was her National University.
Despite being months away from the collegiate season, Rica is pumped for the UAAP.
But she also understands that she has to be patient and that she has to endure a lot more to be in mint condition.
“Marami pang kailangan gawin – kailangan ko pa raw magbawas ng timbang para magawa ko pa yung gusto kong gawin, siyempre more training pa tapos kailangan ko rin talaga internalize sinasabi nila coach. Para sa ikabubuti ko naman yun.”
Now in the Shakey’s V-League, she has been to starting setter for National University.
Asked if she’s preparing to be the go-to girl in the UAAP, Rica Diolan humbly answered that she’s just conditioning herself for whatever her team needs her to be.
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