Felicia Cui tries to fire up collegiate career by joining NCAA champs

Add Felicia Cui’s name to the growing list of transferees to NCAA champion College of St. Benilde.

Adding to the haul which includes the likes of former UP Lady Maroon Jewel Lai and erstwhile NU Lady Bulldogs Rica Diolan and Marites Pablo among others, Cui, who spent her first year in college with Ateneo, confirmed to FOX Sports that she has now returned to the green side of things.

“I’m with La Salle-Benilde na,” she said

On the reason behind her move, she adds: “I guess I just really wanted to focus first on my studies. I wanted to study Architecture or Interior Design which they didn’t have in Ateneo.”

Prior to studying at the Ateneo, Cui played for La Salle-Zobel in the UAAP juniors division where it is a regular fixture in the Final Four.

Though she was not officially a part of the Lady Eagles’ talent pool, the spiker spent a good amount of time training with the Season 78 runners-up.

Asked about the experience, Cui has nothing but good words.

“Surprisingly, I got hiya at first to train with them because I’m from La Salle but they were really welcoming naman and they were all friendly,” she shared about Alyssa Valdez and company.

In a surprising turn late last year, Cui joined expansion club team KIA in the V-League, making volleyball fans wonder if the move makes her ineligible to play in the amateur ranks.

Worry not, she says.

“I can still play in the collegiate level even after playing in the club leagues. I didn’t really sign any contract,” she clarified. “They only started the contracts this year and I didn’t naman. I can play but I have one year residency.”

Moving forward with her life as a student-athlete, Cui will now have Taft as her new home where she hopes to polish her skills and showcase her full potential.

For now, however, the volleybelle says she is just enjoying her time with her new family as she is set to sit out Season 92 due to residency rules.

“I’m already training with them. It’s been good, actually. I’m enjoying,” she said. “I wasn’t really planning to join the team in the first place but I just tried to train with them for fun because I really wanted to play. I really enjoyed it so I continued.”

And while some of her former teammates like Mia Dizon and Jules Samonte are starting to make a name for themselves in the UAAP, Cui is taking things slow, saying there are no regrets at all with regard to the path she has chosen.

“No regrets. I’m good with anything. I’m pretty happy with where I am right now.”

“I’m gonna continue playing volleyball. Just because I’m not in the UAAP, I guess I can still make the most out of my league which is the NCAA,” Cui closed. — By Mac Dionisio

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