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Lucille Almonte looks to reignite career in PVL Draft


Following a disappointing end to her UAAP career, Lucille Almonte looks to step out of her comfort zone and start fresh in the Premier Volleyball League.

Almonte, who spent five years with Adamson University, struggled to find minutes in her final year with the Lady Falcons.

The team eventually ended Season 86 second to last with a 3-11 win-loss record, after making it to the Final Four the previous year.

“Siguro po yung mindset ko is ano talaga, work hard. Kasi iba na yung intensity pagdating sa paglalaro dito sa pro, kailangan talaga pagsipagan and mag-sacrifice na naman tayo,” said Almonte during the PVL Draft Combine at the Gameville Ball Park last Tuesday.

The 23-year-old outside hitter shared that it was her coaches at Adamson who pushed her to spread her wings and apply for the draft.

“Nung sinabihan na po ako ng mga coaches ko na kailangan mo na… Alam mo ‘yun, spread mo na yung wings mo para sa PVL. And yun kailangan na din mag-out sa comfort zone,” she said.

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Almonte’s stay with Adamson wasn’t uneventful, as she helped turn things around for the struggling Lady Falcons program.

The spiker out of Davao even played a pivotal role in the team’s bronze-medal finish in Season 85, before eventually finding herself riding the bench for most of her final year in San Marcelino.

Now, Almonte is ready to put all that in the past and start anew in the country’s flourishing volleyball league.

The Kings Montessori product is part of the 47 draft hopefuls looking to secure a spot in one of the 12 teams through the first-ever PVL Rookie Draft, set for July 8 at Novotel.

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Almonte is looking to regain her confidence through the two-day combine.

“Personally, isa talaga ‘to sa dapat mag-boost sa amin ng confidence lalo na ako at sa mga ibang players. Kasi you know, ito yung isa sa mga pinakamalaking league sa volleyball sa pro,” said Almonte.

“I hope lahat kami mabigyan ng chance and opportunity na makapag-play sa mga malalakas na teams.”

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