Still no spot for Maizo-Pontillas in SEA Games roster
Mark Escarlote on Jun 06, 2015 09:27 PM
Hindi kasi pwedeng ipalit pa rin si Aiza, kasi utility si Aiza e. Hindi ganoon ka-simple kasi magkaiba naman ng posisyon yan e. Hindi naman yan the same banana, magkahiwalay, magkaiba --- Roger Gorayeb
SINGAPORE --- There is no plan B if Grethcel Soltones won’t be available for the national women’s volleyball team.
The Pinay spikers will march into battle even if they have to field an 11-woman team in the 28th Southeast Asian Games.
That means reserve player Aiza Maizo-Pontillas won’t be included in the playing lineup and will remain in the bench as an assistant coach, according to national team mentor Roger Gorayeb.
“Wala,” he said when asked if he will make a last minute replacement for the injured San Sebastian Lady Stag.
Soltones is nursing a right shoulder injury and is doubtful to be 100% healthy four days before the Filipinas engage a dangerous Indonesia squad, the 2013 Myanmar SEA Games bronze medal winner, at the start of the group preliminary round at the OCBC Arena Hall 2 inside the Singapore Sports Hub here.
“Masakit pa rin ang balikat, sabi ko nga “ang malas mo naman,” Gorayeb told reporters at their posh Marina Mandarin Hotel.
As for the non-inclusion of Maizo-Pontillas in the lineup even in a possible situation where a spot could be vacated, Gorayeb explained that he can’t replace an open spiker with a utility.
“Hindi kasi pwedeng ipalit pa rin si Aiza, kasi utility si Aiza e,” he said. “Hindi ganoon ka-simple kasi magkaiba naman ng posisyon yan e. Hindi naman yan the same banana, magkahiwalay, magkaiba.”
“Nand’yan naman si Rachel (Anne Daquis). Tingnan natin kung papaano mag-a-adjust.”
The 27-year-old former University of Sto. Tomas star is part of the 13-woman pool for the first participation of the country in the sport at the biennial meet since 2005.
She was cut in the final roster but was relegated as a reserve player and part of the coaching staff.
It is Maizo-Pontillas’ second SEA Games since playing beach volleyball alongside Jovelyn Gonzaga in the 2011 edition in Indonesia.
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