SEA GAMES: Philippine men’s, women’s volleyball teams bare Japan training itinerary
Mark Escarlote on Oct 15, 2019 05:32 PM
The Philippine national men's and women's volleyball teams gear up for the 30th Southeast Asian Games with a scheduled Japan training camp.
A stacked itinerary awaits the national women’s and men’s volleyball teams in their scheduled Japan training.
The Nationals kick off their preparations for the 30th Southeast Asian Games into full gear starting this week with both teams hoping to end a podium drought in the biennial meet that the country will host next month.
Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. vice president and national team program head Peter Cayco released the Tokyo itinerary of both teams which include five tune-up games for the women’s squad and nine for the men’s.
The Filipina spikers are scheduled to leave for Japan on October 20 and will break camp on Nov. 1.
Head coach Shaq Delos Santos will fly with the bulk of the 14-woman team on the 20th while Eya Laure and assistant coach Kungfu Reyes will follow on the 23rd. University of Sto. Tomas standout Laure has to take her finals exams first before joining the team.
The women’s squad will train at the Sagamitana High School and Kamimizo High School. They will play tune-up games against Kashiwa Angel Cross, Gunma Bank Green Wings, Yamanashi Chuo Bank, a joint training and practice match with Hitachi, before taking on Nittai University and Aoyama University.
After their Japan camp, the Filipinas will host the Super Cup as a final tune-up for the SEA Games slated on Nov. 5, 7 and 9 where the nationals will be pitted against a university team from Japan and two selections made up of PSL players.
Meanwhile, the men’s squad will train in Japan from Nov. 5 to 20 with nine tune-up games scheduled.
The Dante Alinsunurin-mentored team will play Saitama Azalea, Tsukuba United, Fujitsu Red Spirits, Chiba Zelba, Nippon Sports Science University and will take on FC Tokyo and Rishho University twice.
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