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Danivah Aying hopes to inspire provincial athletes with her PVL Draft story

As the lone draft hopeful from the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) in this year's Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Draft, Danivah Aying's journey was a testament to resilience and determination.

Daughter of former Ginebra player Danilo Aying, she emerged from the University of San Jose-Recoletos with a dream to compete at the highest level in Manila.

Entering the draft with no expectations, Aying's emotions overflowed when she heard her name called as the final pick of the Draft Night at Novotel.

"Super overwhelming po siya para sa akin kasi nga, zero expectations po talaga ako. 'Di ko inexpect na mada-draft talaga ako," she shared tearfully, grateful to Galeries for giving her the opportunity.

Motivated by her parents' unwavering support and fueled by negative comments about her VisMin background in contrast to UAAP and NCAA applicants, Aying persisted.

"Matagal ko nang pangarap pumunta ng Manila, tapos ngayon lang nabigyan ng chance," she affirmed.

Standing at 5-foot-5, Aying rented a bed space in Mandaluyong during the draft process, including the combine, showing her commitment to pursuing her dreams.

"Also, parang naging push ko na rin 'yung mga down comments ng mga ibang tao na 'Ay from Cebu lang yan.' Parang naging stepping stone siya para sa akin," she explained, emphasizing that one's origins should not limit aspirations.

Her father's journey from Southwestern University to being drafted by Ginebra in 1999 inspired Aying throughout her own path to the PVL.

She joined fellow Galeries draftees in embracing their dreams despite challenges, echoing her father's advice: "Never give up. Kung pangarap mo, mag-try ka lang talaga, kasi wala namang mawawala kung mag-try ka."

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