Wong, Madayag unavailable for U-23 Thailand stint
Mark Escarlote on Jun 27, 2019 07:47 AM
Deanna Wong and Maddie Madayag expressed their interest to join the National women's Under-23 team but are unavailable for the squad's 2019 Thailand Open Sealect Tuna Championships stint.
National women’s Under-23 volleyball team head coach Kungfu Reyes remains upbeat with the squad he has for the 2019 Thailand Open Sealect Tuna Championships despite missing some familiar names.
“Meron tayong collegiate, meron tayong high school,” said Reyes. “Sila ‘yung mga available for now so sila yung ipapadala namin sa Thailand so doon yung composition which is manggagaling rin ng tryout.”
Reyes selected 14 players from the national pool for the July 4 to 10 tournament but the likes of team captain Isa Molde and Ateneo de Manila players Deanna Wong and Maddie Madayag are unavailable because of various reasons.
“Supposedly, sila Deanna Wong, um-okay na kaso naka-cast na siya e. So meron siyang ite-therapy sa shin niya ata ‘yun o kung ano mang injury niya, hindi pwede pero gusto ng bata,” said Reyes referring to the Lady Eagles playmaker.
“Now, we talked to Ateneo, okay naman sila, problema lang talaga, hindi lang natin pwedeng i-sacrifice yung health ng mga taong gusto natin,” he added.
Madayag, according to Reyes, expressed her intention to join but has been out of action for almost two months after helping Ateneo capture the UAAP Season 81 title.
“So ‘yung willingness nila Maddie, gusto nila maglaro. Problema naman, siyempre coming from UAAP, hindi rin fit to play dahil wala ng ensayo. So yung mga ganung gestures, maganda pa rin yung indication,” said Reyes.
Molde, for her part, and teammates Tots Carlos and Marist Layug are unavailable because of their commitment with their club team Motolite in the Premier Volleyball League.
“Talagang yung availability ng player ang problema as of now, with the club team,” Reyes said.
Celine Domingo will skipper the squad composed of University of Sto. Tomas players Mafe Galanza, Kecelyn Galdones, Ysa Jimenez, setter Maji Mangulabnan, Rachelle Roldan, Imee Hernandez, and Janna Torres.
Rossie Rosier and Jewel Encarnacion of University of the Philippines, FEU’s Ivanna Agudo and Lyann De Guzman, Justine Jazareno of De La Salle University and UAAP Season 81 high school Most Valuable Player Angel Canino of De La Salle-Zobel complete the very young lineup.
“Pero again, ito ‘yung mga program natin sa grass roots, siyempre anong iaangat mo dito, manalo ka dito, may talunin ka dito, magiging proud tayo in a way,” said Reyes. “Pero yung exposure outside Metro Manila o outside Philippines, malaking bagay para in the future. Sabi ko nga, in five years’ time, ito na yung papalit para sa National team natin.”
Part of the pool that are unavailable are Eya Laure of UST, Jessma Ramos of UP, Judith Abil and Mary Ann Mendrez of University of the East, FEU’s Buding Duremdes, Lycha Ebon and Jeanette Villareal, Alleiah Malaluan of De La Salle-Zobel, Faith Nisperos of Ateneo, FEU high school player Alexis Miner.
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