GENEVIEVE Aca Caorte is thrilled to be playing for Davao City again. The University of Sto. Tomas tennis varsity scholar will form part of the eight-member city team to the 2015 Philippine Olympic Committee-Philippine Sports Commission (POC-PSC) National Games set on July 2 to 6 in Manila.

"It's a privilege po to play for my hometown and kinda excited for giving Davao pride. Above all, I'm so excited to participate in the upcoming PNG. Since this is my first time to join in the Games, I will do my best to give the city pride and honor," Ebeb said in a Facebook interview with Sun.Star Davao.

The 20-year-old Dabawenya, who won two bronze medals in the 2009 and 2010 Palarong Pambansa, also said she's been preparing for it. "Ready na po. Batak naman po sa training kasama yung teammate sa PNG po. Mas serious na po ngayon kesa nung sa nakaraang linggo."

She last played in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) where the UST women's team finished runner-up.

The junior AB Communication Arts student said joining the UST varsity matured her not just an athlete but as an individual.

"Disiplina sa sarili po. Mas focus sa obligation as student-athlete.

As far as I observed sa among practice for the past few weeks, naging consistent ko unlike before and mas adjust dayon pag naga error (I easily adjust when I commit an error)," said the Sta. Ana National High School alumnus.

His father Valentino, a tennis instructor, encouraged her to also play the sport so she could avail of a scholarship in college. The eldest child among four children of Valentino and Evelyn, a housewife, started playing when she was 11 at then PTA Tennis Club but when it was demolished she trained at Ecoland Phase 2 Tennis Club.

As a varsity athlete, she enjoys a 100 percent scholarship, free dorm and food stub with allowance of P2,000 per month.