Valdez, SEA Games core set to join Vietnam tilt
Mark Escarlote on Jun 30, 2015 07:42 PM
We're looking forward to a successful participation and the experiences we will gain from a tournament like this --- LVPI president Joey Romasanta
Alyssa Valdez and the core of the Singapore Southeast Asian Games national team will again carry the nation’s fight in the international arena.
The Larong Volleyball Sa Pilipinas, Inc. (LVPI) finally decided to send a team to the prestigious VTV Women's Invitational Cup in Vietnam on July 25, fielding the majority of the players that saw action in the biennial meet early this month.
"Yes, we're joining," said LVPI president Joey Romasanta, who is also the second vice-president of the Philippine Olympic Committee, Tuesday in the association’s board meeting. "We're glad that the organizers recognized the talent and potential of our women's volleyball team. We're looking forward to a successful participation and the experiences we will gain from a tournament like this."
Aside from Valdez, Jia Morado, Rachelle Ann Daquis, Abigail Marano, Rhea Dimaculangan and the core of the team will return for another national duty with Tai Bundit of Ateneo de Manila University as head coach.
One of Asia's most competitive invitational tournaments, VTV Cup draws the best club and national teams, including those from China, Japan, South Korea, Chinese Taipei, United States and even Australia.
This year, the Philippines was invited following an impressive performance in the Asian U-23 Women's Volleyball Championship and the 28th Southeast Asian Games where the Filipinas served as the biggest crowd-drawers.
The invite was extended through Philippine Superliga president Ramon "Tats" Suzara, one of the only two Filipinos who are part of the Asian Volleyball Confederation.
Unfortunately, LVPI couldn't initially commit, citing the lack of fund and uncertainty of its players, most of them set to see action in their respective club and collegiate leagues.
But in a board meeting, Romasanta said that joining VTV Cup is a once in a lifetime opportunity and will give the Nationals the foreign exposure they badly need.
Although the organizers vowed to pay for the food and accommodation, Romasanta added that the sum is still too much for their fledgling organization to bear.
This time, LVPI seems to have solved its financial woes with the help of the Philippine Sports Commission.
"May pera naman," said Romasanta. "Magagawan naman ng paraan yan."
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