MANILA, Philippines — Jia De Guzman is taking her act to Japan as she joins the Denso Airybees forward of the 2023-24 V.League season.
The Japanese Division 1 membership workforce Denso on Thursday launched the embellished Filipino setter as its Asian import.
De Guzman, the playmaker of Creamline, can be making her first abroad stint. She is the second Filipino to play in Japan this season, becoming a member of Jaja Santiago, who has been within the V.League since 2018 with the Ageo Medics and can be seeing motion for her new squad, JT Marvelous.
“I’m actually wanting ahead to contributing all the things I can for the Denso Airybees,” stated the eight-time Premier Volleyball League (PVL) finest setter in an announcement. “Along with the teaching workers and my teammates, we are going to do our greatest to coach, battle, and win this season.”
The 28-year-old playmaker is unlikely to be with the Cool Smashers once they defend their PVL All-Filipino Convention crown anew in October because the V.League will open in the identical month.
Creamline coach Sherwin Meneses can be leaning on backup setter Kyle Negrito in executing the performs for spikers Alyssa Valdez, Tots Carlos, Jema Galanza, Bernadeth Pons, and Michele Gumabao in addition to center blockers Ced Domingo and Jeanette Panaga.
De Guzman tried out for the Asian quota of the Korean V-League however she went undrafted with Petro Gazz center blocker MJ Phillips the lone Filipino chosen by the Gwangju AI Peppers. F2 Logistics’ Iris Tolenanda can even play in South Korea after she was tapped as a alternative import by GX Caltex Seoul KIXX.
Discovering her alternative in Japan, the Philippine nationwide workforce setter grew to become the third Filipino ladies’s volleyball participant to be within the V.League, becoming a member of Santiago and Dindin Santiago-Manabat, who performed for Toray Arrows from 2018-19 and Kurobe AquaFairies within the following season.
The previous Ateneo stalwart can be bringing her sensible performs abroad after main Creamline to 6 championships within the PVL, the place she gained the Greatest Setter eight occasions and emerged as four-time Finals MVP.
The Denso Airybees, who positioned sixth final season with a 14-19 report, additionally tapped Brazilian wing spiker Rosamaria Montibeller as their import.
The Philippines has six gamers enjoying for abroad squads together with males’s volleyball stars Marck Espejo, who can also be enjoying within the Korean V-League males’s division with the Incheon Air Jumbos, and Bryan Bagunas as he’s set to defend WinStreak’s title and his MVP crown for an additional season in Taiwan’s Prime Volleyball League.
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