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18 hopefuls attend first Women’s National Volleyball Team tryout



Tiebreaker Times 18 hopefuls attend first Women's National Volleyball Team tryout News Volleyball  Rebecca Rivera Ramil De Jesus Mylene Paat MJ Phillips Melissa Gohing Majoy Baron Maika Ortiz Kim Fajardo Kim Dy Jia Morado Jaja Santiago Dindin Santiago-Manabat Dawn Macandili CJ Rosario Cherry Rondina Cha Cruz Ara Galang Alyssa Valdez Aby Marano 2018 Asian Games-Volleyball

Eighteen of the 34 on Ramil De Jesus’ wishlist attended the first National Team tryout at the Arellano University Gym, Friday evening.

Alyssa Valdez, Melissa Gohing, and Jia Morado of the Creamline Cool Smashers and Ramil De Jesus’ own DLSU Lady Spikers trio of Kianna Dy, Dawn Macandili, and Majoy Baron headlined the field.

Cha Cruz, Ara Galang, Kim Fajardo, and Aby Maraño of the F2 Logistics Cargo; MJ Phillips and Rebecca Rivera of the Sta. Lucia Lady Realtors; and CJ Rosario, Maika Ortiz and Dindin Santiago-Manabat of the Foton Tornadoes also participated in the night’s drills.

Collegiate stars Sisi Rondina of the UST Golden Tigresses, Jaja Santiago of the NU Lady Bulldogs, and Mylene Paat of the Adamson Lady Falcons were also present.

Rondina and Jaja Santiago, however, did not participate as they have a UAAP game on Saturday.

Maraño did not participate in drills either after suffering an injury to her right hand on Thursday night.

Notable absences included NU’s Jasmin Nabor, FEU Lady Tamaraws’ Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza, UE Lady Warriors’ Kath Arado, and UP Lady Maroons’ Isa Molde and Diana “Tots” Carlos. Players from the Ateneo Lady Eagles – Bea de Leon, Jho Maraguinot, and Maddie Madayag – were also absent.

Former national team mainstay Rachel Anne Daquis was also absent, as well as former national team captain Mika Reyes.

The tryout was held to help determine the team that will compete in the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia.

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Miguel Luis Flores fell face first into sports writing in high sch9l and has never gotten up. He reluctantly stumbled into the volleyball beat when he started with Tiebreaker Times three years ago. Now, he has waded through everything volleyball - from its icky politics to the post-modern art that is Jia Morado's setting.