Manila, Philippines – (UPDATEThe 16 players who took part in the National Women’s Volleyball Team tryout at the end of last month have been included in the national team pool released by the National Volleyball Federation on Tuesday.
The Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) has identified 16 players in the national team pool, which will then be submitted to the Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee.
However, they plan to add at least four more players to the pool, who will be identified by Brazilian head coach Jorge Edson Souza de Brito upon his arrival, in coordination with coach Odjie Mamon.
The national team pool is as follows:
1. Iris Tolenada (without club)
2. Kamille Cal (NU)
3. Faith Nisperos (Ateneo)
4. Ivy Lacsina (NU)
5. Mhicaela Belen (NU)
6. MylÃ¨ne Paat (Chery Tiggo)
7. Eya Laure (Chery Tiggo)
8. Alyssa Solomon (NU)
9. Aby MaraÃ±o (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)
15. Jennifer Nierva (NU)
16. Bernadette Pepito (UST)
Only 16 of the 40 players invited by the PNVF attended the trials in Subic on April 28, with top players such as Alyssa Valdez, Jia Morado, Kim Fajardo and Dawn Macandili all begging, mainly for health and of security.
According to PNVF president Ramon “Tats” Suzara, all players who missed out on tryouts remain in consideration for the final four to six places in the national team’s pool. Souza de Brito and Mamon will base their selections on previous competitions as well as the upcoming Premier Volleyball League (PVL) tournament.
âWe would like to finish on the 20th, it could be 21, it could be 22, depending on the missing positions like passer, opposite and outside hitter,â said Suzara.
“We really need another passer and another Libero because the current players we have in the lineup are both young. So we need a veteran Libero to strengthen the team. Outside hitter , we only have three, so we need two or three more. ” added Mamon.
The national team’s pool is expected to start training soon, as the PNVF plans to compete in the upcoming AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship that they hope to host in Clark, Pampanga in August.
This will also serve as preparation for the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi in November.
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