TWO-TIME champion Foton made a recruiting coup when it signed Bea de Leon for the Philippine Superliga (PSL) Invitational Conference starting June 23.
No less than team owner Rommel Sytin introduced de Leon Saturday night, saying her inclusion would surely boost their frontline that already has the towering duo of Dindin Santiago-Manabat and Jaja Santiago.
The 5-foot-11 De Leon is a big catch for Foton.
Shortly after being part of the Ateneo de Manila squad that clinched the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) women’s volleyball crown in 2015, she was chosen to be part of the national team that saw action in the AVC Asian U-23 Women’s Championship and the 28th Southeast Asian Games.
After that, she led the Lady Eagles to a pair of runner-up finishes before falling shy of reaching the finals early this year.
Sytin said they are lucky to secure de Leon’s commitment.
“We already have our twin tower and now, we’re introducing our third tower,” Sytin said.
“Bea is one of the best middle blockers in the country today. So, we’re glad to announce that she had found a home. I’m so happy that Bea chose Foton to be her new ballclub.”
De Leon, who just earned her AB Management Economics degree, said joining the Tornadoes was a no-brainer.
She said she strongly believes in the potential of the squad that also has Gyzelle Sy, Jen Reyes, CJ Rosario, Maika Ortiz, Shaya Adorador, Carmina Aganon, Gen Casugod and Ivy Perez and headed by coach Rommel Abella with Brian Esquibel and Edjett Mabbayad as deputies.
“A big factor to my decision is the current lineup. I see a very big potential with Foton, especially playing next to the Santiago sisters,” said de Leon, who believes she can develop good chemistry with her long-time UAAP rivals.
“Jaja is always fun to play with. She’s very good and very humble inside and outside the court,” she said.
De Leon is tipped to formally join Foton’s training either tomorrow or Wednesday.