Thea Gagate, Leila Cruz go 1-2 in PVL Rookie Draft


Thea Gagate is picked first overall by ZUS Coffee in the 2024 PVL Rookie Draft

Thea Gagate, as anticipated, is taken first total by the ZUS Espresso Thunderbelles within the inaugural PVL Rookie Draft at Novotel in Quezon Metropolis.–MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.internet

MANILA, Philippines — There have been no surprises within the inaugural PVL Rookie Draft after Thea Gagate and Leila Cruz emerged as the highest two picks on Monday night time at Novotel in Quezon Metropolis.

ZUS Espresso and Capital1 will financial institution on their rookies to show their fortunes round within the upcoming Strengthened Convention on July 16 at PhilSports Enviornment.

The 6-foot-2 Gagate, who was already revealed as ZUS Espresso coach Jerry Yee’s decide within the two-day mix two weeks in the past, will deliver her towering peak and successful pedigree as a key cog in La Salle’s championship run in final yr’s UAAP Season 85 and as a part of Alas Pilipinas’ historic bronze medal end within the AVC Problem Cup.

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The Thunderbelles, previously Robust Group Athletics, are hopeful that the three-time UAAP 1st Finest Center Blocker could make a right away affect after a winless All-Filipino Convention marketing campaign as she groups up with three-time NCAA champion Faculty of Saint Benilde gamers Gayle Pascual, Cloanne Mondoñedo, Jade Gentapa, and Michelle Gamit in addition to Japanese reinforcement Asaka Tamaru.

The No. 2 decide Cruz is beginning a brand new chapter in her profession as a Photo voltaic Spiker, returning to motion following an ACL damage she sustained within the UAAP Season 85.

Capital1 Leila Cruz PVL Rookie Draft

Leila Cruz is chosen second within the PVL Rookie Draft by Capital1.–MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.internet

The 6-foot-1 reverse spiker is ready to deliver her scoring prowess and blocking to educate Roger Gorayeb’s squad, which added setter Iris Tolenada, Shola Alvarez, and Julia Ipac in addition to Russian spiker Marina Tushova after a one-win debut within the first convention.

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The primary 4 picks have been from La Salle with Maicah Larroza being the shock No. 4 decide by Farm Recent, which can play below the Japanese system of Shota Sato.

Sister groups Nxled and Akari chosen proficient UAAP spikers Lucille Almonte of Adamson and Steph Bustrillo of College of the Philippines, respectively.

4 Woman Falcons have been consecutively chosen late within the first spherical with Ishie Lalong Isip taken by Cignal at No. 7, setter Angge Alcantara chosen by PLDT at No. 8, libero Karen Verdeflor by Cignal and AA Adolfo chosen by defending Strengthened Convention champion Petro Gazz at No. 10.

With the eleventh decide, All-Filipino Convention runner-up Choco Mucho drafted Arellano center blocker Lorraine Pecaña, who turned the primary NCAA participant chosen within the historic rookie occasion.

Creamline ended the primary spherical with Filipino-Canadian libero Aleiah Torres.

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