Daquis cites conflict of schedule for nat'l team withdrawal
Mark Escarlote on Jun 23, 2017 04:27 PM
It was a very difficult decision for me to make given I have always aspired to represent our country. I am very grateful you (LVPI) have considered me to be included in the team line up but I feel there are other more capable candidates that can contribute more effectively -- Rachel Anne Daquis
Conflict with a specialized training course is the main reason why reserve player Rachel Anne Daquis has withdrawn from the national women’s volleyball team.
The Cignal open spiker vacated her spot in the national team Thursday night, and was replaced by De La Salle University opposite hitter Kim Kianna Dy.
In a letter to Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. vice president Peter Cayco, Daquis said that that there is a conflict in schedule with the AVC Asian Senior Women's Volleyball Championship which takes place from August 9 to 17 and the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia which is set from August 19 to 31 with the training course that she'll be taking.
“I would like to regretfully inform you that I may not be able to fulfill my duties in the upcoming league as I just found out recently the competition schedule of the Southeast Asian Games will be in direct conflict with my decision of pursuing specialized training course that will start this August 7, 2017,” her letter stated.
The 29-year-old former Far Eastern University standout added that she does not want to let the opportunity pass.
“This course I have mentioned is very essential in helping me achieve my long-term ambition to become one of the fitness ambassadors in our country and cannot just let the opportunity pass by,” she said.
Daquis has donned the national colors on multiple occasions, and has played in different international tournaments including the FIVB World Club Championship held in Manila last year. She was also a member of the national team that participated in the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore.
“It was a very difficult decision for me to make given I have always aspired to represent our country,” said Daquis. “I am very grateful you have considered me to be included in the team line up but I feel there are other more capable candidates that can contribute more effectively.”
LVPI named Dy, who initially cut from the 18-woman national pool, as Daquis’ replacement Friday.
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