The core of the silver medal-winning Southeast Asian Games team will return for the upcoming men’s national volleyball team organized by the Philippine National Volleyball Federation.
The tryouts for the men’s side is on April 29 at Subic Gym.
Headlining the squad is the duo of Bryan Bagunas of Oita Miyoshi/Air Force and Marck Espejo of Bani Jamra/Cignal.
Also set to return are Mark Alfafara (PLDT), John Vic De Guzman (PLDT), Rex Intal (Cignal), Kim Malabunga (Air Force), Francis Saura (Air Force), Jack Kalingking (Navy), Jessie Lopez (Air Force), Ricky Marcos (Air Force), Ish Polvorosa (Cignal), Joshua Retamar (NU), and Joshua Umandal (UST).
However, Ranran Abdilla, the third member of the BAE trio, will not be part of the indoor team as he was invited to the men’s beach volleyball team.
“The PNVF is currently prioritizing its elite/high-performance initiatives through the National Team Commission,” President Tats Suzara said. “The national team will be focusing on the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi in December.”
Kim Dayadante of Air Force joins the setters of the team while libero Manuel Sumanguid of Cignal is also part of the pool.
Also invited are outside hitters Dan Garnica (USPF), Alden Cabaron (SWU), John Ashley Jacob (University of Mindanao-Davao), Nico Almendras (NU), Noel Kampton (DLSU), Leo Aringo (NU), Louie Ramirez (Perpetual), Alche Gupiteo (UST), Jian Matthew Salarzon (Bacolod), and Jomar Candelario (UB).
Other middle blockers for the squad are John Edward Carascal (SWU), Nilo Jasmin Jr. (SWU), Chumson Njigha Jr. (Ateneo), JP Bugaoan (Cignal), Lloyd Josafat (UE/PLDT), Anthony Ekwenugo (USC), Kharyl Parce (NU), Rayver Sison (Davao), and Leo Ordiales (NU).
Completing the squad are Ysay Marasigan (Cignal), Mark Enciso (IEM), Joeven dela Vega (Navy), Jao Umandal (PLDT), Banjo Mondero (NU), John Mark Ronquillo (DLSU), and Leodie Vitente (SLU).
The team’s head coach is Dante Alinsunurin.
The athletes, coaches, organizers, and officials involved in the will undergo RT-PCR tests 48 hours before the tryouts with a guaranteed turnaround time of 24 hours.
“These tryouts are needed in order for the athletes to be at their optimal condition prior to key competition events this year,” Suzara said.