LVPI set to reveal national team pool members
Mark Escarlote on Feb 12, 2019 05:06 PM
Members of the national volleyball men's and women's pool will be named within the week.
Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. expects to receive within this week the list with names of those who will compose the national team pool in both the men’s and women’s teams.
“Any time this week the coaching staff shall submit to LVPI the list of the members of the 20-man pool for the women’s national team, women’s U-23, the men’s national team and the possibility of forming a men’s U-23,” said LVPI president Peter Cayco Tuesday during the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum.
“This week isa-submit sa amin and once they submit it, the LVPI shall go over it and ia-approve namin then the LVPI set a formal press conference the announcement of both,” added Cayco.
The LVPI conducted a series of tryouts late January for the women’s team and over the weekend for the men’s squad as the Philippines prepares for a string of international competitions including the country’s hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games in November.
Head coach Shaq Delos Santos oversaw the women’s tryouts attended by members of the squad that saw action in the Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games and AVC Asian Cup last year and new faces including high school standouts at the Arellano University gym in Taft.
Newly-appointed men’s mentor Dante Alinsunurin conducted the men’s tryouts last weekend at the University of the East gym.
“The attendees for the tryouts for the women’s national team is [sic] very good. All the players that we were expecting arrived and attended the two-day tryouts. We held another day of tryout for the U-23 to trim it down na,” said Cayco.
“Surprisingly for the men’s tryouts nagmukhang miniscule yung women’s because a total of 85 attended the tryouts for the men’s volleyball team and we’re very happy, the LVPI’s very happy. It’s a good problem,” he added. “When we reviewed the data of those who attended, we saw the possibility of also forming also a U-23. We are seriously considering a U-23 for men.”
Cayco also mentioned that LVPI gave considerations to Marck Espejo and sisters Jaja Santiago and Dindin Santiago-Manabat, who are currently playing in the Japan V. Premier League, due to the nature of their single-entry working visas.
“If they come over to try out they will need a couple of weeks to have a new working visa issued. It’s not a problem naman getting new working visa, the problem is the time so within the time marami silang games na mami-miss eh,” Cayco said.
Asked if the three are already shoo-ins considering the level of competition they are playing, Cayco would rather have the coaching staff decide.
“I cannot say shoo-in but we know the caliber of play of those guys. So it’s up to the coaching staff,” he said.
LVPI has set a Japan training for both women’s teams in preparation for the Asian U-23 in Hanoi, Vietnam, the Asian Women’s Seniors Championship in South Korea and the SEA Games. The men’s squad is set to participate in an Asian tournament and the SEA Games.
The SEA Games volleyball event will start on November 28 at a yet to be decided venue.
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