Young bloods saddened by PHI’s Asian U-23 Championship pullout

Mark Escarlote on Feb 21, 2019 05:15 AM
Young bloods saddened by PHI’s Asian U-23 tourney pullout
Young volleyball talents felt sad and disappointed with LVPI's decision to back out from participating in the AVC Asian Women's U-23 Championship.

Young talents and Under-23 national team hopefuls couldn’t help but feel saddened by Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc.’s decision to back out from its participation in three major tournaments this year including the AVC Asian Women’s U-23 Championship.

The federation on Wednesday released a statement that LVPI will shift its resources and focus on the country’s campaign in the Southeast Asian Games in November. The PHI will skip the AVC Asian Club Championship, AVC Asian Women’s Senior Championship and the Asian U-23 Championship, which will be held in Hanoi, Vietnam in July.

The Asian Seniors and Asian U-23 tournaments held their drawing of lots Tuesday.     

“Nalungkot ako pero pinag-pray ko na lang din ‘yun kasi siguro hindi pa time ngayon. Pero madami pa naman, madami pa namang dadating na mga liga sa international,” said University of Sto. Tomas rookie hitter Eya Laure, who played for the national Under-17 team and the PHI squad that participated in the ASEAN School Games.  

“Kahit papaano siyempre as a player sino ba namang hindi gusto na parang i-represent ‘yung country,” added Laure. “So ‘yun for me nalungkot pero sabi ko nga ipagpe-pray ko na lang kung ano ‘yung plans ni God sa PHI volleyball.”  

Reigning UAAP girls’ volleyball Most Valuable Player Angel Canino of De La Salle University-Zobel was surprised with the development.

“Actually, I did not expect that this will happen kasi nagpa-try out na sila and a lot of volleyball players are willing to help our country get a medal and also for the opportunity to play in an international (tournament),” she said. “Medyo disappointed po pero I leave it po sa kanila kung ano po dapat gawin and I also respect the decision of LVPI.”

University of the Philippines Isa Molde and Tots Carlos', who both attended the special tryout set by the LVPI early this month, shared the same sentiments.

“Siguro na-sad lang kasi ‘yun na ‘yung opportunity namin na makapaglaro sa Philippines, sa national team,” said Molde. “May plan naman siguro si God kaya nangyayari ‘yun. Kung ano man ‘yung reason kung bakit nagkaganoon, siguro may better pang league.”

“Well, sad, kasi minsan lang tayo makasali ng ganoon eh so ngayon may mga tao na tayo tapos ready na tayo sumali biglang ipu-pullout,” Carlos said.

LVPI held a series of tryouts last month to expand the women’s pool in the seniors and U-23 squad attended by a good number of volleyball stars from the collegiate and club ranks.

As an alternative, LVPI is preparing to launch a four-nation regional tournament, Southeast Asian Grand Prix, featuring Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and the PHI U-23 team.

The tournament will have a home-and-away format similar to the Asean Basketball League.

The country’s last U-23 participation was back in 2015 in the tournament’s inaugural edition held at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

Alyssa Valdez and Jaja Santiago led that last U-23 squad that finished seventh in a field of 12.



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