Eya Laure, Imee Hernandez bid farewell to UST Golden Tigresses

University of Santo Tomas standouts Eya Laure and Imee Hernandez have concluded their final game with the Golden Tigresses.

The dynamic volleyball duo from España revealed their departure from UST in individual social media announcements on Thursday evening.

Laure expressed her heartfelt apologies to the Thomasian community for not achieving her goal of reclaiming the UAAP women’s volleyball championship for UST.

“Para akong nakikipag-break sa libu-libong tao, and my heart is shattering into pieces. Ang sakit at ang hirap mag mapaalam,” Laure said. “Patawad dahil hindi ko naibigay yung championship na deserve niyo. But more than that, salamat.”

“Salamat UST. Yun ang salita na lagi lalabas sa bibig ko simula ng pagtapak ko sa school na to hanggang sa moment na I have to say goodbye sa school na sinamahan ako at hindi din ako sinukuan kahit anong mangyare,” she added.

On the other hand, the Baliuag, Bulacan-native Hernandez stated that she believes she is prepared to take on the challenges of professional volleyball following her three seasons with UST.

“(This) is the hardest letter I’ve ever written. UST community, you have been with me through all the battles, and I am forever grateful. Now that I am done with my studies, with you by my side, I am more than ready to face the bigger challenges that lie ahead as I continue to pursue my passion for the game of volleyball on a grander stage and under brighter lights. I have decided to go professional,” Hernandez said.

“If only I could express to each and every one of you who supports the black and gold how difficult this decision is for me. UST is a place that will never be easy to part with, not just for me but for most of us athletes who remain here as well. However, I feel it in my heart that I must take this step for my own growth, not just as an athlete but as an individual. I pray that with this decision, you guys will continue to support me all the way,” she added.

According to reports, Laure and Hernandez are set to join the Chery Tiggo Crossovers in the Premier Volleyball League.