LVPI calls for tryouts to expand pool

Mark Escarlote on Jan 09, 2019 12:20 PM
LVPI calls for tryouts to expand pool
Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. scheduled a two-day tryouts the expand the national women's team pool.

The Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. (LVPI) looks to tap younger talents to expand the national women's pool.

A new set of tryouts is scheduled on January 24 and 25 at the Arellano University gym in Taft Avenue as the country prepares for various international tournaments this year including the 30th Southeast Asian Games.

"With four major tournaments ahead, this is going to be a very busy season for our national team,” said LVPI president Peter Cayco.

“That’s why we decided to call for a pair of open tryouts to further expand the pool and make sure that we will have a very competitive team in the Asian and Southeast Asian tourneys that will be held this year," added Cayco.

LVPI hopes to see young talents like Cocolife's Kalei Mau, DLSU-Zobel's Angel Canino, University of Sto. Tomas' Milena Alessandrini and Eya Laure, Faith Nisperos and Alyssa Solomon on National U, University of the Philippines' Tots Carlos, and Air Force's Dell Palomata in the two-day tryouts.

The federation will send letters to the Philippine Superliga, Premier Volleyball League, the NCAA and UAAP to allow their interested players to join the tryouts.

Walk-in hopefuls are also welcome to try their luck.

National team head coach Shaq Delos Santos will preside the tryouts in a bid to bolster the pool with additional talents that will compete in various international tournaments ahead.

The Nationals will be competing in the AVC Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship in China from Apr. 20-28 followed by the 3rd Asian Women’s U23 Women’s Volleyball Championship in Vietnam from July 13-21.

Then, they will campaign in the 20th Asian Senior Women’s Championship in South Korea from Aug. 31-Sept. 8 before plunging into action in the 30th Southeast Asian Games, which the country will host from Nov. 30 to Dec. 10.

Leading the core of the national pool are seasoned international campaigners in team captain Aby Marano, Jaja Santiago, Alyssa Valdez, Mika Reyes, Maika Ortiz, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Kim Fajardo, Kianna Dy, Dawn Macandili,  Denden Lazaro, Jia Morado, Jasmine Nabor, Cha Cruz, Gretchel Soltones, Risa Sato, Mylene Paat, and Jema Galanza. 

The said players earned their national pool spots after seeing action in the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia and in the Asian Women’s Volleyball Cup in Thailand.

Meanwhile, the men’s national team is set to call for tryouts next month.


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