I respect their decision -- Jia Morado

Mark Escarlote on Mar 16, 2017 09:39 AM
I respect their decision -- Jia Morado
It's not my decision to make naman, decision ‘yun ng coaching staff --Jia Morado

Ateneo de Manila Univeristy setter Jia Morado holds no ill feelings towards the coaching staff of the national women’s team after her non-inclusion in the 25-man pool announced by the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. Tuesday.

Morado, who saw action in the 2015 Asian U-23 Championship and in the 28th Southeast Asian Games in Singapore, said that she respects the decision of head coach Francis Vicente.

“It's not my decision to make naman, decision ‘yun ng coaching staff,” said the fourth year playmaker Wednesday after Ateneo's 25-10, 26-24, 28-26, win over University of Sto. Tomas in the 79th UAAP women's volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

“They know what's best naman for the team they want to form,” added the UAAP Season 77 Best Setter. “I respect their decision.”

Morado was one of the most notable names absent in the pool headlined by her former Ateneo teammate Alyssa Valdez, De La Salle setter Kim Fajardo and Jaja Santiago of National University. 

Vicente selected Fajardo, seasoned playmaker Rhea Dimaculangan and University of the East’s Roselle Baliton as setters in his pool of players.     

From the pool Vicente will select the players that will participate in the Asian U-23, Asian Senior Women’s and 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on August 19 to 31.

Vicente drew flak from rabid volleyball fans with his decision. Baliton, a 6-foot-1 converted setter, became the target of bashing and criticisms with her inclusion in the pool.    

But Morado believed that all of the players in the pool are deserving of their spots to don the national color. 

“Actually, I'm sure naman everyone in that pool is deserving,” she said. “Anyone you put in that team naman, pare-pareho naman kami ng goal eh, to play for the country and represent the country.”

Morado also cleared that she and teammates Maddie Madayag and Kat Tolentino didn’t receive any invite from the LVPI to join the special tryout for NCAA and UAAP players contrary to the claim of the national volleyball association.

“No, we weren't given an invite, actually. Medyo nagulat ako na may nangyari pa lang tryout,” she said. “I'm not one naman to ignore an invite to represent the country. We didn't receive any invite personally or kahit sa office namin.”

The three were in the list of UAAP players invited by LVPI for the special tryout last March 12 at the Arellano University gym in Taft Ave. together with Jasmine Nabor of National University, Isa Molde of University of the Philippines, Remy Palma and Toni Basas of Far Eastern University and De La Salle’ Kim Dy and Dawn Macandili.

Nobody in the list showed up in the tryout but Dy and Macandili called Vicente to inform him of their intent to join the pool. Vicente handpicked Madayag and Tolentino as prospects for the Asian U-23 tilt.




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