Volleyball: Ex-Ateneo star Koyfman to play in Europe


Posted at Aug 19 2019 04:11 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Former Ateneo de Manila University standout Tony Koyfman will suit up for Hapoel Kfar-Saba Volleyball Club in the Confédération Européenne de Volleyball (CEV) Challenge Cup.

Koyfman, who played the opposite position both for the Blue Eagles and the Volleyball Never Stops Volleyball Club (VNS VC) Griffins, will be going back to his old position as a middle blocker to tend to his new team's needs.

"It's exhilarating," Koyfman said of the opportunity. "It's always been a dream of mine. After Ateneo, I didn't think of playing pro because I wanted to work, especially after graduating."

The 25-year-old spiker out of Queens, New York is currently working as an orientation assistant at the Columbia Law School.

"But once I had the call, I figured I couldn't let the opportunity go to waste. They needed a middle, which was my original position," he explained.

Koyfman is grateful for his stint in the Philippines, saying that it led to this great opportunity.

"My time in the Philippines was beyond crucial kasi I learned more here within the game under [Oliver] Almadro and [Timmy] Sto. Tomas. If I didn’t play for Ateneo I highly doubt I'd be in this position for sure," he said.

"Without sa Pilipinas I wouldn't get this far talaga. And I'm still beyond thankful and grateful for it," he added.

After averaging 15.48 points for VNS VC in the 2019 Spikers' Turf Reinforced Conference, Koyfman left the country last June 27 due to some family concerns.

Koyfman will be flying from New York to Israel on August 29 to prepare with Kfar-Saba.

Koyfman helped the Blue Eagles win the UAAP Season 79 men's volleyball title, for which he won Finals MVP honors.

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