Jessey de Leon happy to play with Army ‘family’ after UAAP career

UVL 3. San-Lun Chang (National Taipei University of Education)

After maxing out her UAAP eligibility, Jessey de Leon returns to the team that gave her her first crack at the PSL.

And now with the chance to play with the veterans of RC Cola-Army, the former UST spikers vowed to soak it all in and learn from her teammates a lot.

“Playing with veterans will help me as an athlete in many aspects,” she told FOX Sports. “As I play longer with them, I acquire knowledge from how they play. Sila mismo ay nagseserve as an example kung paano dapat maging player — not only skills-wise, but also attitude-wise.”

De Leon, who missed the Final Four in her last 4 years with the Golden Tigresses, is thankful to be part of a proven winning team, as the Lady Troopers have bagged the championship 4 times in the PSL.

“I’m really happy that I got a chance to play with them again. I really missed playing with them. It has already been 2 years since our last game together,” she added. “They’re a family to me already. I wanted to play in a team that I’m already comfortable to be with.”

De Leon proved her worth for Army right in their first match in the PSL All-Filipino Conference, scoring 7 points as the Lady Troopers manhandled newcomer Amy’s Kitchen in straight sets.

This, she attributes to not having to adjust a lot to her new team’s play: “Di na ganun kalaki kasi nakasama ko na sila before. Ang malaking adjustments na lang na ginagawa ko are skills and timing. I have to adjust with how they play – kailangan mas agile, mas mature, mas malakas and mas mautak. So that’s what I’m working on pa.”

“Ngayon kasi, I’m trying my best pa to contribute in all aspects. The team is very focused naman to win so expect that we will work hard to attain our goal ng tulong tulong kami lahat. Walang bibitaw.” — By Joyce Palad