LVPI looks to maintain at least a 16-woman U-23 pool
Mark Escarlote on Jan 25, 2019 09:51 AM
Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. will be investing on the youth as it tries to assemble a crack pool of players aged 23 below.
Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. looks to maintain at least 16 players for the national women’s Under-23 pool.
The national sports association's president Peter Cayco reiterated the LVPI’s focus on investing on young talents that will eventually suit up for the national team.
“It will serve as a farm team for the national team,” said Cayco of LVPI’s initiative to assemble an Under-23 pool.
A total of 38 players including those listed in the U-23 bracket attended the first day of the expansion tryouts Thursday at the Arellano University gym in Taft Avenue.
Promising young talents Angel Canino of UAAP high school champion De La Salle-Zobel and Eya Laure of University of Sto. Tomas led the young talents who are trying to land a spot in the national pool.
Cayco said that some young candidates could be included in the seniors’ pool depending on their performance and decision of national team head coach Shaq Delos Santos.
“A few of them very possible. Actually around four sa mga candidates dyan we’ll be using in the (seniors) pool. Not as regular members pa but in the pool. The rest para may pool din tayo sa U-23,” said Cayco.
The country is preparing for international tournaments this year including the Asian U-23 Championships in Hanoi, Vietnam in July and the Southeast Asian Games that the country will host in November. Cayco mentioned that as part of their preparation there will be training camps abroad for the U-23 and seniors teams.
LVPI has yet to decide who will call the shot for the U-23 team.
“May shortlist. Pero hindi na tayo lalayo n’yan kasi ang gusto namin may continuity ng program,” said Cayco. “So we’re looking at someone who can work with U-23 and at the same time maybe could give some time sa national team para ‘yung program natin seamless.”
Delos Santos welcomed the youth program of LVPI as it will benefit the seniors’ squad in the future.
“Ang goal is yung system isa lang. ‘Yung under-23, definitely pwede mo iakyat sa national team. ‘Yan ang gusto mangyari nila sir Peter. Sa amin, maganda rin kasi sistema iisa,” he said.
The mentor was also impressed with the young guns after seeing their skills during scrimmages with the seniors’ pool.
“Happy ako na ang ganda na ng volleyball at may future na tayo na nakikita. ‘Yung mga bata na yan, ibang level na ng high school ngayon. Competitive na rin sila,” said Delos Santos. “Kung paguusapan sa national team, ang kailangan natin yung international exposure kasi ang laking difference ng international tournaments sa local. Yun ang kailangan natin.”
Listed in the U-23 pool hopefuls in Day 1 of the tryouts were high school players Alleiah Malaluan, Tanya Narciso, Justine Jazareno, Imee Hernandez, Camille Victoria, Bernadette Pepito, Janna Torres, Lyann De Guzman and Alexis Mines. Also in attendance were Jema Galanza, Kyla Atienza, Kalei Mau, Ria Meneses, Jerrili Malabanan, Celine Domingo, Angel Cayuna, Me-Anne Mendrez, Judith Abil, Kath Arado and Buding Duremdes.
Seniors mainstays present include Alyssa Valdez, Aby Marano, Kim Fajardo, Mika Reyes, Jia Morado, Denden Lazaro, Risa Sato, Majoy Baron, Dawn Macandili, Remy Palma, Mylene Paat, Kim Kianna Dy, Cha Cruz, Ces Molina and Aiza Maizo-Pontillas.
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