Faith Nisperos, a 23-year-old outside spiker from Davao, is set to turn pro after a roller coaster collegiate career.
Nisperos recently announced on Tuesday that she will sign with Akari in the Premier Volleyball League, a decision that was not made lightly.
"I chose to go to Akari for several reasons. Of course, number one, I worked well with the coach. Coach Jorge [De Brito] and I have worked together in 2021 when I was part of the national team," Nisperos said.
The journey to this point has been anything but easy for Nisperos.
She began her UAAP career with Ateneo in Season 82, joining Blue Eagle stars Kat Tolentino, Ponggay Gaston, Jules Samonte, and Jho Maraguinot. However, her promising start to the season was cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in her playing only two games in her rookie year.
When the UAAP decided to restart in Season 84, Ateneo's veterans had already left the team, leaving Nisperos to lead the team. Despite the pressure, Nisperos stepped up and helped the Blue Eagles reach the second round of the stepladder playoffs.
A season later, Nisperos steered Ateneo to the 2023 V-League Women's title while also winning tournament MVP.
Unfortunately it did not translate in to the UAAP season, finishing in just sixth place to miss out on the Final Four for the first time in 14 years.
Nisperos' collegiate career was marked by both triumph and disappointment, but it was her determination to succeed that shone through. Despite the obstacles, she continued to work hard and push herself, which ultimately led to her decision to turn pro.
"I've always wanted to play professionally ever since I started playing volleyball. I want to continue playing the sport that I love, and I'm excited to see where this journey takes me," Nisperos shared.
With her talent and work ethic, Nisperos is expected to make a significant impact in Akari, a team who was not able to make the second round in two conferences.