The Sta. Lucia Lady Realtors have acquired another gem in former Banko Perlas Spiker Amanda Villanueva. The news was confirmed by Villanueva herself via her Facebook page.
Once part of the De La Salle Lady Spikers, the St. James Academy of Malabon alumna transferred to Adamson University and became part of the Lady Falcons squad that reached the Final Four in UAAP Season 76 with the likes of May Macatuno, Faye Guevarra, Mayette Zapanta, and Bang Pineda.
She also helped Banko Perlas to two third-place finishes in the 2018 PVL season. Aside from being a volleyball player, Villanueva is also a professional model with last year’s Century Tuna Superbods as one of her more-known projects.
She is the second Banko Perlas player to make the shift to the PSL after Amy Ahomiro joined the United Volleyball Club (former Cocolife Asset Managers). Villanueva will fortify an improving Lady Realtors roster which has Jhoana Maraguinot, MJ Phillips, Pamela Lastimosa, and imports Molly Lohman and Casey Schoenlein.
The Sta. Lucia Lady Realtors are coming off a winless campaign in the 2018 PSL All Filipino Conference. To shake up things, former NU Lady Bulldogs Raymund “Babes” Castillo has taken over the team from FEU Lady Tamaraws mentor George Pascua.
What does Villanueva bring to the Lady Realtors?
Sta. Lucia’s revamp continues by adding key contributors to their roster. Villanueva is an able scorer that adds another dimension to their offense that can take away some of the pressure from Lastimosa and Maraguinot.
But given that they will have imports Lohman and Schoenlein plus middle blocker Rachel Austero, Villanueva might be used as a second outside hitter that will concentrate more on floor defense.
These possibilities can be executed once the Sta. Lucia Lady Realtors open up their PSL Grand Prix 2019 campaign against the Generika Ayala Lifesavers on February 16, 6 pm, at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.