Volleyball star Jennifer Nierva Serves Up Inspo: How She Turned Online Hate Into Fuel for Success

Alas Pilipinas libero Jennifer Nierva gets real on how online bashing almost made her quit volleyball, but turned it around to fire her up and shine on the court.

Chery Tiggo Crossovers libero Jennifer Nierva is living her best life after being selected for the Philippines women’s volleyball team, Alas Pilipinas. But what fans might not know is that she almost quit the sport she loves.

The reason: The online bashing she faced during her final season with the National University Lady Bulldogs.

In a TikTok post, Jen opened up about nearly walking away from volleyball after she and her family were hit hard by cruel online comments.

“That bashing has also affected my family and my relationship with my family. There’s one game, the championship against La Salle, and my parents heard a lot of negative comments about me. So they couldn’t handle that, so they left the game. That made me feel so sad. Naisip ko na parang, ayoko nang maglaro, ganun,” she said.

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But instead of letting the online hate defeat her, Jen found the strength to rise above it—not by replying to the bashers, but by letting her performance on the court do the talking.

“Naisip ko na hindi ko hahayaang ‘yong mga taong ‘yon na nang-down sa akin, na nang-bash sa akin, pigilan ako sa pangarap ko at sa career ko,” she said. “Akala ko hindi na ako makakabangon pero pagkatayo ko, tinodo ko talaga ‘day. Ginawa ko silang lahat na bashers na inspirasyon.”

Jen shared her story to inspire others who might be going through similar situations, emphasizing that no one should quit because of outside negativity.

“If may pinagdadaanan ka, maniwala ka sa’kin, been there. Lilipas din ang lahat; magiging okay din ang lahat. Basta ‘wag kang titigil, magdasal ka palagi kasi ‘yon din talaga ‘yong nakatulong sa’kin no’ng time na ‘yon na hirap na hirap ako,” she said.

“By the time na okay na ang lahat, masaya ka na ulit, do’n mo mare-realize kung bakit nangyari ‘yong lahat ng ‘yon. Na may purpose talaga kung bakit kailangan muna nating maghirap, bakit kailangan muna nating pagdaanan lahat ng ‘yon, lahat ng sakit, because God is preparing us for something better and something greater,” she added.

Now, Jen is part of the 17-woman lineup of Alas Pilipinas for the upcoming 2024 FIVB Women’s Challenger Cup.