Having won two Season MVPs and two Finals MVPs in the UAAP Girls’ Volleyball division with the Nazareth School of National University, Faith Nisperos was one of the most highly-touted high school prospects.
Nisperos was ultimately swayed to commit to the Ateneo De Manila University for college, not just for the opportunity to grow under the Lady Eagles’ volleyball program, but for the university’s storied academic reputation.
“It’s really my dream school, so that’s one big factor na kaya ko napili.
“Siyempre, it’s not that NU can’t provide what I want. But I just see that Ateneo can provide more of it. That’s why I chose this school,” Nisperos said, adding that she had taken the stringent Ateneo College Entrance Test last January and is applying to get in the Legal Management program.
Nisperos, who used to study at Ateneo De Davao, made sure to be as much of an achiever off the court as she was on it. She relishes the challenge of being an Ateneo student-athlete.
“I’d be more challenged with the study environment. And then siyempre, Ateneo is a school that we look up to. A goal for myself is I want to reach that standard that they’re having,” added the 19-year old.
“‘Yun ang gusto ko.”
By the time the 5-foot-11 outside hitter would join the team in Season 82, the Lady Eagles will have lost program stalwarts in Maddie Madayag, Bea De Leon, Kim Gequillana and Kat Tolentino.
Nisperos will be looked upon to make an immediate impact and keep Ateneo in the Final Four race.
“Well, I expected that people have their own expectations. But I’m not really into pressuring myself, into… meeting their expectations. I just set my goal and expectation for myself, para hindi ako ma-pressure. I’ll be taking it one step at a time.”