MANILA, Philippines – Imee Hernandez has decided not to finish her career with University of Santo Tomas. The Bulacan native, 22, only recently made the announcement.
The middle blocker, who stands 5 feet 11 inches tall, has chosen to forgo her final three seasons with the Golden Tigresses. She is now embarking on a new adventure with a Premier Volleyball League team.
Imee Hernandez, still a young athlete from Baliwag, fondly reflects on her journey as she arrived in España, Manila, in 2014. Filled with both uncertainty and excitement, she had a simple knowledge of the game that would ultimately transform her life. Despite having nothing to offer at the time, the community embraced her wholeheartedly, recognizing her untapped potential. This unwavering support and belief in her abilities propelled her to reach new heights and accomplish numerous personal goals.
Expressing her deep gratitude, Imee acknowledges that writing this letter is the most challenging task she has ever faced. She acknowledges the UST community for standing by her side through every battle, and she will be forever grateful for their unwavering presence. With her studies now completed, she feels prepared to confront greater challenges that lie ahead as she continues to pursue her passion for volleyball on a larger stage, illuminated by brighter lights. Imee announces her decision to transition into the professional realm, eager to embark on this new chapter with the enduring support of the UST community.
Hernandez, a former player for the UST women’s volleyball team, had already enrolled in college in 2019, however the UAAP Season 82 competition was canceled due to the pandemic.
In Seasons 84 and 85, the pair would lead UST to back-to-back final four appearances alongside their dear friend Eya Laure.
The last time she would wear UST’s black and gold was during their final four game versus eventual champion De La Salle University on May 3.
Imee is aware of how challenging it will be to express her sentiments to the ardent black-and-gold supporters. She is aware that leaving UST will be painful for her as well as her fellow athletes who are still connected to the school.
Imee, on the other hand, trusts her instincts and believes that she must make this choice in order to advance personally—not just as an athlete but also as a person. She tells them that their ongoing support is crucial while she pursues her chosen course and hopes that their committed supporters would accept her decision with unwavering backing.
Hernandez’s departure also means that Laure will miss her final playing season.
Multiple sources who are closely following the situation claim that the two will join with the same club along with three other ex-rivals.