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The Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) will send two teams to the Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship in Thailand, association president Ramon “Tats” Suzara bared on Friday, August 27.
Suzara said head coach Odjie Mamon and Brazilian consultant Jorge Edson Souza de Brito will add four more players to its 20-woman national team pool to form two 12-woman squads for the continental tiff.
“This will be an excellent exposure for our new young players who will be playing alongside the veterans,” Suzara said.
Jaja Santiago, Majoy Baron, Rhea Dimaculangan, Kim Dy, Imee Hernandez, Dawn Macandili, Dindin Santiago-Manabat, Aby Maraño, Kalei Mau, Ria Meneses, Ivy Lacsina, Eya Laure, Jennifer Nierva, Faith Nisperos, Mylene Paat, Dell Palomata, Bernadette Pepito, MJ Phillips, Tin Tiamzon, Iris Tolenada, Mhicaela Belen, and Kamille Cal compose the women’s team.
The women’s squad will train for three weeks at University of the Assumption Gym in San Fernando, Pampanga starting September 1 before they fly to Thailand on September 27, less than a week before the Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship runs from October 1 to 7.
Meanwhile, the men’s team will see action in the Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship, which will also be hosted by Thailand from October 8 to 15.
Kim Malabunga, Rex Intal, Francis Saura, Manuel Sumanguid, Josh Retamar, Marck Espejo, John Vic De Guzman, Mark Alfafara, Ricky Marcos, Jao Umandal, Ysay Marasigan, JP Bugaoan, Jessie Lopez, Kim Dayadante, Joeven dela Vega, Jack Kalingking, Bryan Bagunas, Ish Polvorosa, Nico Almendras, and Lloyd Josafat make up the men’s crew.
Just like the women’s squad, the men’s team will train at the University of Assumption Gym for three weeks beginning on September 1 and will leave for Thailand on October 4.
The PNVF took the cudgels of sending teams to the Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championships after Premier Volleyball League officials said all their teams declined to heed the invitation to represent the country in the tournament. – Rappler.com