‘Choco' gets 2 Ateneo standouts

CHOCO Mucho completed its reboot in the Premier Volleyball League by getting the services of Ateneo standouts Ponggay Gaston and Jamie Lavitoria, the team announced through its social media accounts late Tuesday.

The Flying Titans got what they wanted in the open spiker position in Gaston, who will make her club stint debut, and added another setter in Lavitoria.

Gaston and Lavitoria were in the Lady Eagles roster in UAAP Season 82, which was terminated due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Choco Mucho added Ateneo playmaker Deanna Wong and University of Santo Tomas left-handed hitter Cait Viray in the line-up two months ago.

Veteran libero Denden Lazaro, who was already practicing with the Flying Titans earlier this year, is the team's other big addition.

Now on their second season, the Flying Titans are determined to bounce back from last year's seventh place finish in the Open Conference.

Gaston and Lavitoria will reunite with former college teammates Kat Tolentino, Maddie Madayag and Bea de Leon in Choco Mucho.

Meanwhile, Creamline has bolstered its powerhouse roster by acquiring former Adamson libero Thang Ponce.

A Collegiate Conference Best Libero awardee two years ago, Ponce will provide stability to the Cool Smashers floor defense.

Ponce's previous club stint was with Motolite last year.

Melissa Gohing, one of the two Cool Smashers' liberos, has moved to Motolite.

Earlier this year, Ella de Jesus has reunited with Ateneo teammates Alyssa Valdez and Jia Morado and coach Tai Bundit for Cremaline.  Prior to jumping to the Cool Smashers, De Jesus played for three seasons for the Perlas Spikers.