Trisha Tubu says decision to turn pro is for her ailing father
MANILA, Philippines — After an impressive rookie year with Adamson, Trisha Tubu jumped to the pros with the Farm Fresh Foxies a few days before the opener of the Premier Volleyball League Invitational Conference to support her ailing dad.
The one-and-done Lady Falcon was welcomed by the Foxies on Friday morning and bared the reason for forgoing her remaining playing years.
“Yung desisyon po ay hindi tungkol sa akin o kanino man. Para po talaga ito sa Tatay ko sa Tarlac,” said Tubu in a statement.“Kailangan niya ng pacemaker dahil naka-ilang operation at stroke na siya.”
(My decision is not about me or whoever you think. This is for my father in Tarlac because he needs a pacemaker after he’s gone through a lot of operations due to stroke.)
Tubu, who will turn 23 in October, had at least two more playing years with Adamson before she decided to join former coach Jerry Yee with her teammates Kate Santiago, Ckyle Tagsip, and libero Cae Lazo at Farm Fresh.
The opposite spiker admitted she needs money to attend to the needs of her father and now is the time to give back.
“Kailangan lang po talaga ng malaking halaga. Pero sa dami nang isinacrifice niya para sa akin dati, time ko naman po na ibalik ‘yun. Ayaw ko po dumating sa punto na huli na bago ko pa ‘yun maibigay sa kanya,” she said.
(I need a big amount of money. He sacrificed a lot for me before, now is my time to give back. I don’t want to have regrets in the end.)
Tubu emerged as the Lady Falcons’ top gunner and Season 85 fifth-best scorer as she tallied a total of 203 points built on 176 spikes, 21 blocks, and eight aces in the elimination round. She also ranked fourth in the Best Opposite Spiker race and 14th in the MVP rankings.
Lazo, on the other hand, said she turned pro because she already graduated from her studies despie having remaining playing years in the UAAP.
“I already graduated from Adamson and I am so thankful for all the learnings from the school, teammates, and coaches. I’m thankful for Farm Fresh for giving me a spot in its team to continue learning, playing, and helping my family,” said the libero in Filipino. “This is a huge opportunity and I will not waste it.”
The four Lady Falcons were part of the Season 85 team that ended a nine-year UAAP Final Four drought with a 10-4 elimination record before they lost to the twice-to-beat National University Lady Bulldogs in the semifinals and finished with a bronze medal.
Farm Fresh makes its PVL debut on June 27 against F2 Logistics at FilOil EcoOil Centre in San Juan City.
The Foxies are grouped in Pool B with Petro Gazz, F2 Logistics, Choco Mucho, Cignal, and fellow new team Foton.