Motolite, a traditional patron of Philippine sports, has extended its corporate sponsorship of the Filipino-athletes with its partnership with the Ateneo women’s volleyball squad in the ongoing eight-team Premier Volleyball League Open Conference.
And the tie-up between the country’s undisputed leader in automotive, motorcycle and industrial batteries and the immensely popular Lady Eagles, former UAAP back-to-back champions, is generating more excitement and fresh following in the nation’s longest-running professional league in women’s volleyball.
Taller and younger, Motolite-Ateneo is parading a few rookies that this early are already showing a lot of promise as the Katipunan-based squad prepares for the tough task of reclaiming UAAP volleyball glory by competing against more seasoned rosters in the PVL Open.
With a mostly veteran roster built around middle hitters Bea de Leon & Maddie Madayag, opposite hitter Kat Tolentino, and outside hitter Kim Gequillana returning for her final season, the Motolite-Ateneo team is proving itself a worthy contender for the PVL crown.
A collegiate volleyball crowd favorite, the Motolite-Ateneo team features new recruits Jaja Maraguinot (sister of former Ateneo volleyball star player Jho Maraguinot) and middle blocker/open spiker Vanessa Gandler from DLSU-Zobel. Making significant contributions are holdovers Ponggay Gaston, Dani Ravena, Jules Samonte and Deanna Wong.
Former Ateneo men's volleyball coach Oliver Almadro is now mentoring the team.
Motolite’s venture into the fast-growing sport of women’s volleyball and its partnership with the renowned women’s volleyball team, viewed as a perfect match coming at the right time, is part of its vision to help promote and develop local sports.
Motolite’s long-time role in sports development is no surprise at all. Motolite has been a staunch supporter of motor sports, billiards, basketball and, of course, boxing. When Manny Pacquiao was just a fledgling young boxer out of Gen. Santos City, Motolite was already behind the now many-time world champion.