Philippine volleyball

No Valdez as Santiago leads 2021 PH women’s volleyball pool

Beatrice Go
No Valdez as Santiago leads 2021 PH women’s volleyball pool

TOP PLAYER. Jaja Santiago is the first Filipino volleyball player to win a title in an international professional league.

Photo courtesy of the Philippine National Volleyball Federation

Other national team mainstays not named in the pool still have a chance of making it to the Philippine women's volleyball team

Jaja Santiago banners the Philippine women’s volleyball team pool announced on Wednesday, May 12, while Alyssa Valdez’s inclusion is still in question.

The Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) included all 16 players who attended the women’s volleyball tryouts last April 28 in a bubble located in Subic.

In a virtual press conference held on Wednesday, the PNVF added that it is looking to bump up the women’s pool to 25 players, which will be determined by head coach Odjie Mamon, together with FIVB Brazilian coach Jorge Edson Souza de Brito.

The team is looking for a setter, outside hitter, libero, and an opposite to complete the pool.

This gives national team mainstays like Valdez, Jia Morado, Kim Fajardo, Kalei Mau, and Dawn Macandili a chance to suit up in the Asian Seniors Women Volleyball Championships and the 2021 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

(READ: ‘Not lack of commitment’: Jia Morado cites health worries in PH volleyball tryouts)

Longtime national team captain Aby Maraño, Majoy Baron, Mylene Paat, and Eya Laure were among the returning pool members who saw action in the 2019 SEA Games team.

Veterans Iris Tolenada, Ria Meneses, Dell Palomata, and collegiate players Kamille Cal, Mhicaela Belen, Ivy Lacsina, Alyssa Solomon, Jennifer Nierva, Faith Nisperos, Imee Hernandez, and Bernadette Pepito rounded out the squad.

In the men’s pool, Marck Espejo led the intact team as 13 pool members were part of the squad that clinched a silver medal behind Indonesia in the 2019 SEA Games.

The SEA Games beach volleyball teams that clinched bronze medals in both the men’s and women’s events in 2019 are also back for another tour of duty.

The beach volleyball pool will kick off training as early as May 15 in Ilocos Norte according to PNVF president Ramon “Tats” Suzara as they gear up for the Asian Volleyball Confederation Beach Volleyball Continental Cup, which will serve as a Tokyo 2020 Olympics qualifying tournament.

The volleyball teams, on the other hand, will start training in June as the PNVF hopes to host the Asian championships in August in a bubble located in Clark, Pampanga and prepare for the 2021 SEA Games set from November 21 to December 2 in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Men’s volleyball

Setters
1. Jessie Lopez (Air Force) *
2. Kim Dayadante (Go for Gold)
3. Ish Polvorosa (Unattached) *
4. Josh Retamar (NU/Sta. Elena) *
Outside Hitters
5. Mark Alfafara (PLDT) *
6. Marck Espejo (Cignal) *
7. Bryan Bagunas (Go for Gold) *
8. Jao Umandal (PLDT) *
9. Nico Almendras (NU/Sta. Elena)
Opposites
10. John Vic de Guzman (PLDT) *
11. Ysay Marasigan (Cignal)
12. Joeven dela Vega (Navy)
Middle Blockers
13. Rex Intal (Cignal) *
14. Kim Malabunga (Go for Gold) *
15. Francis Saura (Go for Gold) *
16. JP Bugaoan (Cignal)
17. Lloyd Josafat (UE/PLDT)
Liberos
18. Jack Kalingking (Navy) *
19. Ricky Marcos (Go for Gold) *
20. Manuel Sumanguid (Cignal)

Women’s volleyball

Setters
1. Iris Tolenada (Unattached)
2. Kamille Cal (NU)
Outside Hitters
3. Faith Nisperos (Ateneo)
4. Ivy Lacsina (NU)
5. Mhicaela Belen (NU)
Opposites
6. Mylene Paat (Chery Tiggo) *
7. Eya Laure (Chery Tiggo) *
8. Alyssa Solomon (NU)
Middle Blockers
9.  Aby Maraño (F2 Logistics) *
10. Majoy Baron (F2 Logistics) *
11. Jaja Santiago (Chery Tiggo)
12. Dell Palomata (Air Force/Sta. Lucia)
13. Ria Meneses (PetroGazz)
14. Imee Hernandez (UST)
Liberos
15. Jennifer Nierva (NU)
16. Bernadette Pepito (UST)

Men’s beach volleyball

1. Anthony Arbasto (Creamline)
2. Jude Garcia (Creamline) *
3. Jaron Requinton (Creamline) *
4. James Buytrago (Creamline) *
5. Philip Bagalay (Creamline)
6. Ranran Abdilla (Air Force/Creamline) *
7. Jade Becaldo (Cebu)
8. Calvin Sarte (Davao)
9. James Pecaña (PLDT)
10. AJ Pareja (Creamline)

Women’s beach volleyball

1. Sisi Rondina (Creamline) *
2. Bernadeth Pons (Creamline) *
3. Babylove Barbon (UST)
4. Gen Eslapor (UST)
5. Dzi Gervacio (Creamline) *
6. Dij Rodriguez (Creamline) *
7. Mer Jauculan (UST)
8. Jennifer Cosas (Abanse Negrense)
9. Alexa Polidario (Abanse Negrense)
10. Erjane Magdato (Abanse Negrense)

*retained from SEA Games team

– Rappler.com

Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.