January 18, 2022

Semana, Ceballos, Clavano join PLDT

PLDT Home Fibr has added 2016 Shakey's V-League Best Setter Wendy Semana, former Cignal spiker Fiola Ceballos, and ex-University of the East playmaker Lhara Clavano to its team for the upcoming 2022 Premier Volleyball League season.

Ceballos is a 26-year-old outside hitter who stands at 5-foot-7 and hails from Iloilo while Clavano is a 22-year-old playmaker from Tanauan, Batangas. The latter had to forego her final year in UE to turn pro.

For the 35-year-old Semana, she is just glad to have been given the opportunity to play in the pro league by new PLDT head coach George Pascua.

"Na-miss ko kasi maglaro and then ininvite ako ni Coach George na mag-tryout," said the setter from the Philippine Air Force . "Nag-try ako at ayun, nabigyan ako ng chance.

"May halong kaba e kasi napakalayo na ng volleyball noon sa ngayon. Marami na ring malalaki at magagaling na players kaya magiging malaking challenge sa akin na ito," she added as this will be her first stint in the PVL since it turned pro a year ago.

Ever since she played in the SVL -- which later on became the PVL, a championship has eluded Semana with the closest she ever got to winning a crown was back in the 2016 Open Conference.

And she is hoping that this time will be it.

"Sa ngayon, bagong players kaming lahat sa PLDT pero buto beterano," said the Far Eastern University product. "May chance na maging contender kami pero nasa sa amin pa rin itong mga players kung paano kami makakapag-adjust sa system ni Coach George."

Semana, Ceballos, and Clavano join Kath Arado, Jessey De Leon, Mean Mendrez, Dell Palomata, and Jovie Prado as the new signings of PLDT so far. Dimaculangan, Chin Basas, Eli Soyud, and Nieza Viray are the team's holdovers from last season.