Mika Reyes sees need for twice-a-day PH team practices amid conflict in schedule
National women's team skipper Mika Reyes believes all players would be able to work out their schedules soon. Jaime Campos

SKIPPER Mika Reyes said the national women’s volleyball team may need to schedule twice-a-day practices for the Southeast Asia Games even as a bunch of players skipped the first official training session.

Only nine players were able to work out together from the 14 players who showed up for first official practice of the trimmed-down squad on Friday.

Alyssa Valdez, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Denden Lazaro, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Gen Casugod, Rhea Dimaculangan, Ces Molina and national pool member Ria Meneses joined Reyes at the Arellano Gym.

Jaja Santiago dropped by before heading to National University practice, Ortiz showed up but also had to leave early to send off her mother who was leaving for Germany, while Rachel Anne Daquis was a no show.

Aby Marano, Kim Fajardo and Dawn Macandili trained with Super Liga club F2 and arrived at Arellano after the nationals have finished practice.

“Kailangan din namin na magkita-kita talaga, hindi pwedeng zero. Oo, mahirap ’yun lilitaw lang pag oras na,” said Reyes, noting that some players join the national squad in training a day before seeing action for her club.

“Kahit mag-twice a day training kami ok sa akin, like ‘yung isa kahit may game kinabukasan nagpupunta pa rin.”

The Philippines is hoping to improve from its fifth place finish in Singapore. The Kuala Lumpur Games opens in August.

Practice sessions are set Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the national federation is hoping players can work out their schedules although the Philippine Super Liga All-Filipino Conference have matches Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and training in between, while Premier Volleyball League teams are preparing for the Open Conference that starts on July 1.

“Sabi rin naman ni coach Vince (Francis Vicente) na walang star dito,” she said. “Like lahat kami sa sarili namin alam namin na we’re all equal here, walang may mas magaling, walang ganyan.” 

“Siguro competitive lang in some ways pero pare-pareho lang kaming player dito, pareho lang kami ng estado,” she added.

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