Her love for the sport and Ateneo de Manila University convinced Jho Maraguinot to return in Season 82 University Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP) women’s volleyball tournament, which kicks off next month.
Lady Eagles head coach Oliver Almadro said Maraguinot wants to help the team defend its title the reason why she decided to comeback after skipping Season 81.
“She just wanted to give back to the school and she really wanted to help the team,” Almadro told Daily Tribune.
“Jho has a very good heart and her love for volleyball and the school is overflowing,” he added.
Maraguinot won her first UAAP title in Season 77 led by Alyssa Valdez and was predicted to lead the team after the latter’s graduation with Ateneo.
After the Lady Eagles lost to Far Eastern University in the Final Four in Season 80, the 23-year old open spiker told the school management she will forego her final year of eligibility.
The five-foot-seven Batanguena brought her talent in the Philippine Superliga with Sta. Lucia Reality.
Almadro said he did not have a hard time convincing Maraguinot to play again for Ateneo.
“That’s probably what Ateneo had taught her, to give without counting the cost,” Almadro said.
“My team is very young and with Jho in it, my players will have a leader to look up to whether they’re on or off the court,” he added.
With the exit of top players Bea de Leon and Maddie Madayag, Maraguinot, who was the sixth leading scorer in Season 80 where she racked up 203 points, is expected to provide the leadership and offensive punches for the team along with the graduating Kat Tolentino.