Nabor set to join PHI team’s Japan training camp
Mark Escarlote on Oct 21, 2019 05:24 PM
Jasmin Nabor will join the Philippine national women's volleyball team in its Japan training camp as its third reserve player.
TOKYO --- Depending on how fast her papers will be processed, reserve setter Jasmin Nabor is set to join the Philippine national team in its Japan training camp here.
Head coach Shaq delos Santos is expecting the playmaker to fly in on Wednesday at the earliest together with Eya Laure, Jovelyn Gonzaga and assistant coach Kungfu Reyes.
“Ang target dapat 23 if maayos ang papers niya,” said Delos Santos on Monday during the start of the Nationals’ 12-day training camp as preparation for the 30th Southeast Asian Games in Manila next month.
Nabor’s latest chance to join the team is on the 26th when Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. official and national team program head Peter Cayco flies in to check on the squad.
Nabor’s inclusion is timely as starting setter Jia Morado and winger Alyssa Valdez’s stint will be cut short to just five days to play for their club team Creamline in the PVL Season 3 Open Conference semifinals.
The duo will return to Manila on Friday and will miss the rest of the training camp including three of the five scheduled tune-up games.
“Mabuting nandito na rin si Jas para may kapalitan din si Rhea (Dimaculangan) kasi mahirap din na pilitin dahil kababalik lang nya sa (calf injury),” said Delos Santos.
But more than serving as a reliever, Delos Santos considers Nabor’s participation as an investment for the future.
“Kasi future setter din siya for the national team kasi bata pa siya and yung skills niya OK din siya. I think exposure din. Malaking bagay ito kung may mga tune-ups kami, nakakalaro siya, malaking bagay ‘yun,” said Delos Santos of the playmaker who played for the Nationals in the second leg of the ASEAN Grand Prix in Sta. Rosa, Laguna three weeks ago.
Nabor is the third reserve player in the squad together with Aiza Maizo-Pontillas and Roselyn Doria.
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