STA. Rosa, Laguna — Alohi Robins-Hardy decided to give up her spot in the women’s national volleyball pool as she won’t get her Philippine passport in time for the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas Inc. (LVPI) president Joey Romasanta told reporters Robins-Hardy opted not to join the 2nd Leg of ASEAN Grand Prix at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Gym to give others a chance at making the SEA Games team.
“Alohi wants to give way na doon sa mga members ng team,” said Romasanta. “Kasi nga di na siya makakahabol for the SEA Games gawa na may problema sa pag-secure ng Philippine passport.”
The 6-foot-2 setter, who played in the country’s bronze-medal finish in the first leg in Thailand, won't be able to secure his documents in time for the SEA Games since the deadline for the submission of lineups is on Monday.
“Medyo mahaba kasi ang process ng pagkuha niya ng passport and she won’t get it in time para sa SEA Games. Kasi October 7 na ang deadline for submission of names,” Romasanta added.
Jasmine Nabor was tapped to fill the Fil-Am playmaker’s spot in the ASEAN Grand Prix, joining starting setter Jia Morado but only for the Sta. Rosa event.
With the decision of Robins-Hardy to beg off, the nationals has another spot for another setter but LVPI has yet to bare a list of candidates.