Maizo-Pontillas still training as a player --- LVPI president Romasanta
Mark Escarlote on Jun 08, 2015 04:07 PM
Maizo has been training as an athlete for the team --- Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. president Joey Romasanta
SINGAPORE --- Veteran star Aiza Maizo-Pontillas is still training as an athlete for the Philippine national volleyball team.
The University of Sto. Tomas product is part of the team as a reserve player and as an assistant coach for the Roger Gorayeb-mentored squad in the 28th Southeast Asian Games here.
“Maizo has been training as an athlete for the team,” reported Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. president Joey Romasanta.
Gorayeb had earlier said that there will be no last minute tweaks in his 12-woman lineup.
It was reported that open spiker Grethcel Soltones is nursing a shoulder injury and may not be in full condition leading to the team’s opening campaign against Indonesia on Wednesday at the OCBC Arena Hall inside the Singapore Sports Hub.
With a reserve player, the coaching staff can still change their lineup to be submitted on Tuesday in the managers’ meeting.
But Gorayeb expressed that he has no intention of fielding the 27-year-old Maizo-Pontillas, a utility player, in exchange for the San Sebastian Lady Stag Soltones.
Still, everything is up in the air until after the managers meeting, a day before the start of the volleyball competition.
After taking on Indonesia, the 2013 edition’s bronze medalist, the Pinays will face Malaysia on June 11 and the 2013 Myanmar SEA Games runner up Vietnam on June 13.
Team Philippines flag-bearer Alyssa Valdez will banner the squad, on its first SEA Games appearance since 2005, together with Soltones, Jia Morado, Bea De Leon, libero Denden Lazaro, skipper Jovelyn Gonzaga, Rachel Anne Daquis, Abigail Marano, Rhea Dimaculangan, Maika Ortiz and the Santiago sisters Jaja and Dindin.
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