September 28, 2023

Ariel Cacao: V-League experience a game-changer for aspirations of FEU

Far Eastern University remains the standard in UAAP volleyball, but it has been a while — 21 years to be exact — since the school last captured a men's title in the league.

Nonetheless, the Tamaraws have not relinquished their position as contenders in any of the leagues they participate in.

Their second runner-up finish in the 2023 V-League Collegiate Challenge after a tumultuous season speaks volumes about the team's current standing.

"This tournament is still a part of our ongoing process," FEU co-captain Ariel Cacao shared. "We're still working on the things we should improve on the court, and the experience we gained from this league is a huge boost for us, especially in the UAAP."

Despite being on the right track, Cacao and the rest of the Tamaraws are gradually working toward reaching their maximum potential.

"We're currently at, shall I say, 70 percent. There are still many areas in our game that need improvement. We aimed for gold but ended up with bronze, so we definitely need to address these weaknesses in our training."

Nonetheless, the playmaker from Talisay, Batangas, believes that with the help of this V-League achievement, they have a chance of breaking through in the UAAP.

"I have confidence that we can surpass what we accomplished here. Admittedly, we haven't fully implemented all that we've been training for. So, what if we execute everything? Therefore, I truly believe we can achieve more in the upcoming season."