LOOK: ASEAN Grand Prix team rosters
Mark Escarlote on Oct 01, 2019 06:42 PM
ABS-CBN Sports will carry the livestream of the second leg of the ASEAN Grand Prix. (Photo courtesy of @ThailandVolleyball)
The Philippine national women’s volleyball team begins its home stand against three powerhouse squads in the second leg of the inaugural ASEAN Grand Prix begins on Friday at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Laguna.
As an added treat to volleyball fans, the double-header playdate in the three-day tournament will be available via iWant and livestream (Philippines only).
Opening leg winner Thailand will bring in its veteran core to try and extend its reign as the best volleyball squad in the region. But the now complete Indonesia and Vietnam are also in the lookout for glory in the four-nation tournament that also serves as preparation for the teams for the 30th Southeast Asian Games in Manila in November.
Host team Philippines seek to protect its home turf in front of the home crowd and surpass its bronze medal finish in the opening leg.
First leg Best Middle Blocker award winner Majoy Baron, skipper Aby Marano, Ces Molina, Mylene Paat, Roselyn Doria, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Kath Arado and Dawn Macandili are back for another tour of duty. Also making their return are Maddie Madayag, setter Jia Morado, Eya Laure and Jovelyn Gonzaga.
Alyssa Valdez, who skipped the opening leg because of a foot injury, makes her debut together with newcomers Grethcel Soltones and playmaker Jasmine Nabor.
Soltones and Nabor will replace injured Kalei Mau and setter Alohi Robins-Hardy while Morado, Madayag and Valdez will skip Saturday’s game against Thailand to play with their club teams in the Premier Volleyball League in Iloilo.
The Nationals will take on Vietnam on Friday at 3:00 p.m. in a rematch of the opening leg’s bronze medal duel. The Filipinas will wrap up the tournament in a showdown with Indonesia on Sunday at 5:00 p.m.
Here are the visiting team rosters:
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