The Philippine Women’s National Volleyball Team is about to embark on a new journey.
Just days after the 2018 Asian Games, the National Team will look to gain more experience heading into the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in the 2018 Asian Women’s Volleyball Cup. The event will take place from September 16-23 at Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.
The Philippines qualifiers for the AVC Cup after finishing in the top 10 of the Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship last year.
“Again, our hopes are high. I hope the team would carry all the lessons they gained here and show improvement when we face other Asian teams again in Thailand,” said Philippines head coach Shaq delos Santos.
But unlike the team that finished eighth in the Asiad, the team will feature six new players.
Joining Alyssa Valdez, Aby Marano, Jia Morado, Denden Lazaro, Mika Reyes, Maika Ortiz, Cha Cruz, and Mylene Paat are Grethcel Soltones, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Risa Sato, Melissa Gohing, Jema Galanza, and Jasmine Nabor.
The Rebisco-backed squad will not have Dawn Macandili, Majoy Baron, and Kianna Dy due to a trip to New York with the DLSU Lady Spikers. On the other hand, the Santiago sisters are in Japan to train with their club teams. Kim Fajardo is sitting this one out due to a right knee injury.
The Philippines will open its campaign against Australia on Sunday, September 16. The Nationals will then face Iran on Monday before capping their group stage campaign against Kazakhstan.
The Kazakhs dealt the Filipinas a heartbreaker in the classification phase of the Asiad, handing the Philippines an 11–25, 25–22, 15–25, 25–19, 14–16 loss.
The bottom two teams from Group C will be relegated to the Challenge Cup.
Yeng Guiao sticks to positives after loss to Jordan
Gun-shy Ricci Rivero urged to shoot his shot
Vowing to work on his freebies, Christian Standhardinger takes momma’s advice to heart
Beau Belga on playing with Beermen: ‘Ang sarap pala’
Jema Galanza all-business when she faced partner Deanna Wong
La Salle remains lowkey in off-season under Ramil De Jesus
Jia Morado heaps praise on protege Deanna Wong
Long-time teammates Bea De Leon, Jho Maraguinot meet for first time in PSL
Work in Progress: Gilas falls in first tune-up versus Jordan
FEU sets up playoff with La Salle as Adamson sits out Ahanmisi, Manganti
Troy Rike leaves NU on high note, deals UE worst finish in school history
Barredo dominates Women’s competition; Pedrosa flaunts experience over Padiz in Men’s Final
- 2019 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers3 days ago
San Miguel Five now complete as Gilas resumes practice
- 2019 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers5 days ago
Kai Sotto, Ricci Rivero to join Gilas Elite in tune-up series
- ADMU2 days ago
Oliver Almadro optimistic after Ateneo-Motolite loss: ‘We have to stand firm in our faith’
- News4 days ago
Streak-Enders: F2 Logistics snaps out of funk, hands Foton first loss