Vicente not closing doors for Clash of Heroes snubs
May deliberation na mangyayari. Kumbaga Ďyung pintuan sarado na pero hindi naman siya naka-padlock eh. Kakatok ka lang -- Francis Vicente
There will be a one-week window for players who snubbed the Clash of Heroes event to show their intent to join the pool and vie for slots for the national women’s team that will see action in the 29th Southeast Asian Games.
National team head coach Francis Vicente is not closing his doors for other players who failed to show up for the exhibition match that served as a fund-raising event for the benefit of the national team’s training in Japan and Korea in July.
Unlike men’s national coach Sammy Acaylar, who axed nine players in the pool including four-time UAAP Most Valuable Player Marck Espejo, Vicente said he will give another chance to big names who had different excuses for not attending the event.
“May deliberation na mangyayari. Kumbaga ‘yung pintuan sarado na pero hindi naman siya naka-padlock eh,” he said. “Kakatok ka lang.”
“Nu’ng umpisa pa lang, ang gusto ko committed ‘yung player kasi kung committed ang player dere-diretso na yan, tuloy tuloy na,” he added.
Those who failed to show up in the event were Alyssa Valdez of Creamline, Grethcel Soltones of BaliPure, Elaine Kasilag and Myla Pablo of Pocari Sweat, Cignal players Jovelyn Gonzaga and Rachel Anne Daquis and F2 Logistics stars Kim Fajardo, Kim Dy, Dawn Macandili and Aby Marano.
Valdez, Soltones, Kasilag and Pablo were barred by their club teams to join because of their ongoing campaign in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference.
Cignal players Jovelyn Gonzaga and Rachel Anne Daquis are training in Japan while F2 Logistics stars Kim Fajardo, Kim Dy, Dawn Macandili and Aby Marano were in Batangas for their team building.
Vicente, his coaching staff and Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. will deliberate the composition of the 18-woman roster and will announce the names within the week.
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