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Bagunas, De Guzman, Alfafara highlight final roster for Men’s National Team

Assigned to be team captain months before the final roster was announced, John Vic De Guzman, alongside powerful hitter Mark Alfafara and late addition to the pool Bryan Bagunas, headline the final 12-man roster for the Philippine Team that will compete in the 2017 SEA Games in Malaysia from August 19-30, 2017.

De Guzman, who led the College of Saint Benilde Blazers to the NCAA Season 92 title, has been the team’s willing and vocal leader since being named captain last April. Aside from leadership, De Guzman will bring his high-leaping ability and scoring when the Men’s team seeks their first medal since scoring bronze in the 2005 SEA Games in Manila.

Towering open hitter Bryan Bagunas, on the other hand, was not in the initial 25-man pool announced last March. But the National University standout made waves after blowing away the competition in the Clash of Heroes charity event last month.

Meanwhile, one of the most awarded UAAP players in history, Mark Alafara will finally play for the Philippines after issues outside the volleyball court prevented him from participating in the 2015 SEA Games.

Members on the NCAA Season 91 champions University of Perpetual Help System-DALTA Altas, Jack Kalingking, Relan Taneo, and Bonjomar Castel; former NU Bulldog Reyson Fuentes; Cignal HD Spikers middle blocker Herschel Ramos; 2017 PVL Reinforced Conference MVP Ranran Abdilla; Sta. Elena’s Geuel Asia; IEM Volley Master Greg Dolor; and Cebuano open hitter Alden Dave Cabaron round out the 12-man roster.

FEU open hitter Peter Quiel and towering John Edward Carascal made the the squad as reserves.

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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.

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