Practically all the teams in the Premier Volleyball League are revamping their rosters for the All-Filipino conference next month in their bids to win the championship.
Among the players who transferred is Ponggay Gaston as she packed her bags from the very popular Choco Mucho team that features players from Ponggay’s college alma mater Ateneo de Manila, to Chery Tiggo—a move that surprised many fans.
“I want to grow out of my comfort zone and a change will be good to see how far I can go in my career. Chery Tiggo was the most persistent team in recruiting me that I felt they really need me,” explained the pretty daughter of former PBA player Fritz Gaston, who helped her 25-year-old daughter in negotiations with her new team.
“It was a good move on her part and I believe everything will work out well for her. She can obviously play volleyball and as a former athlete myself, I can understand her frustration over not being able to show her skills as she has always been a fighter on the court. The fact she was inked to a three-year contract shows her new team intends to utilize her to the fullest,” said the elder Gaston.
She expects to play the same role as an open spiker, but added “I intend to bring positive vibes to the team and inspire my teammates to work hard. I hope to play as long as I can. I know not everyone is given the chance to be a professional athlete.”
Looking at volleyball in the country, she says “it is a growing community here, players are more competitive and the league is doing its best to improve as a whole and I am grateful the game has grown so much and I can make a career out of it. Earning while doing what I love is the best.”
She has not counted out playing for the country and if given the chance, she is more than willing to do so.
Currently at her peak now, Ponggay can certainly contribute to the national team.