In a surprising turn of events, Jia De Guzman, the 28-year-old setter known for her illustrious career with Creamline, is about to embark on a new and exciting chapter.
She's all set to become an import abroad, making her debut in the Japanese V.League Division 1 with Denso Airybees.
The announcement came as a thrilling revelation on the team's Instagram page last Thursday, igniting the anticipation of volleyball fans worldwide.
Jia De Guzman, a name synonymous with excellence in Filipino volleyball, expressed her eagerness to contribute to her new team, saying, "I am really looking forward to contributing everything I can to the Denso Airybees. Alongside the coaches, staff, and my teammates, we will do our very best to train, fight, and win this season!"
It's a testament to her determination and commitment to success, a trait that has defined her career.
Joining the ranks of Denso Airybees, De Guzman will share the playmaking duties with the likes of Ayane Furuichi and Yuka Yamaguchi, setting the stage for a thrilling season.
The Airybees finished the 2022-23 season in sixth place, and with De Guzman's arrival, they are poised to elevate their performance.
A pivotal moment looms on October 28, as De Guzman is set to make her V.League debut against the defending champions, NEC Red Rockets.
This highly anticipated matchup promises to be a true test of her mettle as she faces some of the best in the league.
However, the real spectacle comes a week later, on November 4, when Denso clashes with JT Marvelous, marking the first-ever meeting between Jia De Guzman and her compatriot, Jaja Santiago, who recently transferred to JT Marvelous. It's a showdown that fans are already marking on their calendars.
De Guzman's journey to Japan is a testament to her dedication and hard work. As an eight-time Best Setter in the Premier Volleyball League, she has consistently demonstrated her prowess on the court.
Now, she's ready to showcase her talent on the international stage, leaving an indelible mark on the global volleyball scene.