UEL alumna Arielle Love takes to the volleyball court in Asia

PUBLISHED: 14:00 05 June 2018

Arielle Love (Pic: Sonya Hurtado)

Arielle Love (Pic: Sonya Hurtado)

Sonya Hurtado

Former University of East London student Arielle Love is reaching the pinnacle of professional volleyball, competing in one of the most popular leagues in the world in the form of the Philippines' Premier Volleyball League (PVL).

Representing the defending champions, Pocari Sweat-Air Force Lady Warriors, a club formed in 2014, the opposite hitter was very grateful and excited to be a part of the PVL, as she immerses herself within the frenzy that surrounds the increasingly popular women’s league.

“In the Philippines, volleyball is a really big sport and is home to some of the most engaged fans of the game in the world,” said Love.

“I’m looking forward to being able to experience the volleyball culture here.”

Making moves in the volleyball world in South East Asia, the American owes a lot to UEL for her progression as an athlete and academic, thanks to the university’s impressive scholar scheme, volleyball course and its members who aided her whilst studying and competing in the UK.

“[They] helped me by providing the necessary resources to help elevate me as an athlete physically and mentally,” added the 25-year-old.

During her time in east London, the volleyball star credited experienced coaches Jefferson Williams and Ian Legrand for aiding her in her pursuit as developing technically as a player.

Although some athletes may make it look easy on the court, competing at a high level in any sport whilst studying is by no means effortless, especially when both require equal dedication, as pointed out by the player from Maple Heights, Ohio.

“I was able to balance my athletic commitments with my study through proper weekly planning, and focusing on holding myself accountable when it came to sticking with that plan each week,” said Love.

“I’ll admit at times it was an adjustment – coming out of the workplace to study again, being abroad, and keeping up with everything.

“The cool thing about the UEL volleyball programme is that it brings together athletes from all over the world with diverse backgrounds.”

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