Valdez-Gonzaga-Daquis trio to lead PHI attack options

Mark Escarlote on Jun 07, 2015 05:54 PM
Valdez-Gonzaga-Daquis trio to lead PHI attack options
Alyssa Valdez will have on the wing veterans Jovelyn Gonzaga and Rachel Anne Daquis in forming a formidable scoring trio.

SINGAPORE --- A shoo-in to be in the first six of the national women’s volleyball team, Alyssa Valdez won’t be the only attacking option of the Philippines this time.

Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas, Inc. president Joey Romasanta revealed Sunday some of the possible starters of the Roger Gorayeb-mentored team for the 28th Southeast Asian Games sports discipline that will begin on Wednesday.

Valdez will have on the wing veterans Jovelyn Gonzaga and Rachel Anne Daquis in forming a formidable scoring trio.

“Before there was only Alyssa for the opponents to worry about. Now you have to look at three. You have Gonzaga on the right, Alyssa on the middle and Rachel Daquis sa left,” said Romasanta.                  

The country’s volleyball association head said that looking at the team’s final preparations, the Pinay spikers are already showing cohesiveness and in a sharper form. 

“Considering ‘yung series of practices na kumpleto na sila, undeniably they are looking sharper than before. In fact even yung reception, offense and attacks (nag-improve),” he added.

Romasanta is also confident that of the teams middles, Jaja Santiago and Dindin Santiago-Manabat, as well as the two setters, Rhea Dimaculangan and Jia Morado.

“And also yung dalawang twin towers na Santiago sisters (nag-improve). E isa lang ang ilagay mo doon na palit-palitan lang malaking bagay na e,” Romasanta said. “Ang setter mo kumpleto, mahusay naman ang dalawa na sina Dimaculangan at Morado.”

The squad played a five-set tune up game against the national team of Singapore last Saturday where the Filipinas won all of the frames. Another session was played Sunday.      

“Hopefully when we got to the real competition we will be ready,” said the official.

The PHI will take on Indonesia, the 2013 edition’s bronze medalist, on June 10 before facing Malaysia on June 11 and the 2013 Myanmar SEA Games runner up Vietnam on June 13.

Singapore, Myanmar and defending champion Thailand is on the other side of the bracket. 

 

 

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