Madayag, Tolentino surprised about their nat'l pool selection

Mark Escarlote on Mar 16, 2017 09:36 AM
Madayag, Tolentino surprised about their  selection
I was surprised because me and Kat didn't really know we were part of the selection -- Maddie Madayag

Ateneo de Manila University’s Maddie Madayag and Kat Tolentino were surprised that they made the cut in the 25-man national women’s team pool without even attending the special tryout set by the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. for UAAP and NCAA players.   

“I was surprised because me and Kat didn't really know we were part of the selection,” said Madayag after the Lady Eagles’ 25-10, 26-24, 28-26, drubbing of University of Sto. Tomas Wednesday in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

The duo were included in the pool headlined by Alyssa Valdez, Mika Reyes, Kim Fajardo and Jaja Santiago announced Tuesday.

From the pool head coach Francis 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 handpicked the two Lady Eagles, who are projected to compete in the Asian U-23, together with De La Salle’s Dawn Macandili and Kim Dy, who both didn’t join the tryout but informed the mentor of their intention to join the pool.

The four players 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 setter Jia Morado of Ateneo.

The 19-year-old Madayag said that they didn’t even know that they were invited by LVPI to join the tryout contrary to the sports association's claim that they handed out invites to the players.    

“We were surprised na biglang there was an article out na we are part of the pool. Sobrang nagulat ako so ganun,” said the 6-foot-1 player.

Madayag is still undecided if she’ll join the training pool.

Tolentino was also shocked and thankful at the same time for recognizing her talents.

“I didn't try out. I was in the UAAP, and I didn't really know about the whole thing. There was a tryout in Davao, right, but of course, I didn't go to that,” the 6-foot-3 spiker said. “I don't really know how it works, to be honest I really don't know how I got picked.”

“It's super shocking for me, just because I know there's so many good players ahead of me right now, not just in the UAAP but outside of UAAP,” Tolentino added. “I'm super thankful that they recognized me, that I'm included in the pool.”

Vicente wanted Tolentino in the pool because of her height and skills. 

“It's super flattering to hear that. Just based on them watching me from the UAAP, it's really good to hear, she said. “It's super flattering to hear that they invited me.”

Asked if she'll join the pool, just like Madayag, Tolentino will still think about it. 

"I'm not really sure. I really don't know all the details," she said. "But that would be an interesting experience."




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