The Rebisco men’s and women’s volleyball teams and Choco Mucho have been selected to represent the Philippines in the Asian Club Volleyball Championships in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.
The Rebisco women’s team and Choco Mucho will leave on September 27 for the women’s championship which will be staged from October 1 to 7.
Brazilian consultant-coach Jorge Edson Souza de Brito will make his Philippine team debut as the coach of Team Rebisco led by team captain Aby Maraño, while Odjie Mamon will make a return to the international stage as the coach of Choco Mucho, bannered by Iris Tolenada.
Joining Maraño in Rebisco women’s are Eya Laure, Jema Galanza, Faith Nisperos, Dindin Santiago-Manabat, Mhicaela Belen, Imee Hernandez, Ivy Lacsina, Rhea Dimaculangan, Kamille Cal, Jennifer Nierva and Bernadette Pepito.
Choco Mucho will also be a stacked team thanks to Kalei Mau, MJ Phillips, Tin Tiamzon, Kat Tolentino, Mylene Paat, Kianna Dy, Ria Meneses, Majoy Baron, Dell Palomata, Deanna Wong and Dawn Macandili.
The men’s club team, on the other hand, will follow on October 4 in order to prepare for the tournament from October 8 to 14.
Dante Alinsunurin remains as the head coach of the men’s team after leading the squad to a 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games silver.
Even without stars Marck Espejo and Bryan Bagunas, who signed with international professional clubs, the men’s team is still intact with John Vic de Guzman as team captain.
He will be joined by team mates Jessie Lopez, Ysay Marasigan, Rex Intal, Mark Alfafara, Nico Almendras, Kim Malabunga, Ish Polvorosa, Francis Saura, Manuel Sumanguid, Josh Retamar, Jao Umandal, Ricky Marcos and JP Bugaoan.
“With these club championships, we are putting in harness the national team program aimed at three major international competitions in 2022,” said Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) president Ramon Suzara.
“These are the Asian Games in Hangzhou, the Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam and the Asian Senior Women’s Championship that we are hosting in May next year.”
The teams are currently training in a semi-bubble set-up at the Aquamarine Gym in Lipa City. – Rappler.com