Dennise Lazaro is biology major freshly graduated from Colegio de San Agustin, Dennise Lazaro will fill in for long-time libero Stephanie Gabriel.
Den, as her teammates call her, says, “My mom got me into the sport; she used to play back in the day”. Den joins four other rookies in a team looking to reload its roster following the departure of key players to graduation. Despite this, however, Den says “[The team still] has an intact line-up from last season, and with their experience and heart, Ateneo will be number one.”
While the rookie admits to being overwhelmed and anxious at the same time, she has no time to feel the jitters because volleyball training, consisting of plyometrics and drills, kicked off early in the summer.
When asked about her idols, the libero says that she looks up to Ateneo volleyball alum Charo Soriano, whom she got to spend some time with during this year’s Shakey’s V-League. Tennis superstar Serena Williams is another of her sports favorites.
Her sports credo – passion is key – may just be the winning attitude the team needs to garner another podium finish. And as Coach Roger Gorayeb looks to improve from last season, Den adds to the team’s continuous growth and strengthening foundation.