LVPI issues apology on national team 'Tryouts-serye'
The LVPI is humbly taking responsibility for its failure to invite four Ateneo stars -- Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. statement
Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. took full responsibility for the failure to invite four Ateneo de Manila University players in a special tryouts for NCAA and UAAP players citing ‘clerical and administrative error’ on their part in a statement released Thursday.
“The LVPI is humbly taking responsibility for its failure to invite four Ateneo stars -- Marck Espejo, Julia Morado, Kat Tolentino and Maddie Maddayag -- to the special tryouts for college players held last Sunday, 12 March 2017 at the Arellano-Pasay gym,” according to the statement issued by LVPI acting president Peter Cayco.
Three-time UAAP Most Valuable Player Espejo and top setter Morado, who both saw action in the 28th Southeast Asian Games in Singapore two years ago as vital cogs of the national men’s and women’s teams, respectively, were the notable players absent in the 25-man pool of both national team selections announced Tuesday.
Madayag and Tolentino were handpicked choices of women’s head coach Francis Vicente together with De La Salle’s Dawn Macandili and Kim Dy.
The Ateneo Lady Eagles selected didn’t join the tryouts but where chosen because of their height and skills in the UAAP. Macandili and Dy signified their intention to serve the country by contacting Vicente.
LVPI said that they issued invites to the Ateneo players to join the special tryout, the Katipunan-based squad denied its claim.
The announcement of the men’s and women’s pool drew flak from rabid fans, who took their disappointment through social media to the point of basing and criticizing the coaches and some players they deem undeserving of the spot.
LVPI apologized for the ‘miscommunication’.
“It was a clerical and administrative error on our part and all along we were under the impression that these young players were invited through proper the channel,” according to LVPI’s statement. We have communicated with Ateneo athletic director Emmanuel Fernandez regarding this matter.”
“It was our fault to which we humbly seek apology and understanding. But it won't stop us from fulfilling our mission of assembling the strongest team possible.”
From the pool, men’s head coach Sammy Acaylar and women’s mentor Vicente will choose the Final 12 players that will don the national color in the 29th SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Aside from the biennial meet, the women’s squad will also compete in the Asian U-23 Championship in Thailand and in the AVC Asian Women’s Seniors Volleyball Championship in the Philippines.
The selection committee will arrange a meeting with the Ateneo players.
“We will arrange another tryout for these four players to give them a chance to display their talent and fight for a slot in the national pool,” the statement said. “Details of the special tryout will be announced as soon as possible.”
“Again, we are deeply sorry. Let us put this episode behind and rally behind our players who will embark on a grueling journey to international prominence.”
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