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Maicah Larroza eager to learn under Japanese mentor

Maicah Larroza, picked as the No. 4 pick by Farm Fresh in the inaugural PVL Draft, is embarking on a new volleyball journey under the tutelage of Japanese coach Shota Sato, eager to transition from the strategic framework of La Salle's Ramil de Jesus to a dynamic style at her new team.

Joining the Foxies, Larroza brings with her a wealth of experience from La Salle's rigorous training under de Jesus, where tactical precision and disciplined play were paramount.

Now, she looks forward to integrating her skills into Farm Fresh's "young and emerging" squad, guided by Sato and his coaching team.

“With a Japanese coach, and Farm Fresh is a young and emerging team, I’m very excited na i-share yung skills ko sa kanila and I’m also excited na mag-learn ng mga bago sa Japanese coach and sa system,” Larroza expressed during the PVL Draft at Novotel Manila Araneta City.

Larroza's selection capped off a remarkable draft for La Salle, with teammates Thea Gagate, Leila Cruz, and Julia Coronel going as the top three picks to ZUS Coffee, Capital1, and Galeries respectively.

Reflecting on their collective journey from collegiate athletes to PVL draftees, Larroza emphasized the sacrifices and hard work that paved their way to professional volleyball careers.

“I think this is a product of our sacrifices and hard work kasi iba yung pinagdaanan namin and yung journey namin sa La Salle, linookforward din namin na meron kaming dream na maaachieve dito sa PVL,” Larroza remarked.

“Coach Ramil was an instrument sa pag-achieve ko sa dreams ko and yung coach ko siya since I started playing volleyball.”

With a blend of gratitude for her past and optimism for the future, Larroza is poised to make an impact at Farm Fresh, aiming to contribute her skills while adapting to new challenges under Sato's coaching philosophy.

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