JOVELYN Gonzaga and Rachel Anne Daquis have again been tapped for international competition, getting called up by Foton for its stint in the AVC Asian Women’s Club Championship.
Already named to the Super Liga selection for the FIVB World Cup in October, the two Army Spikers are also set to see action in the AVC meet set in Sept. 3 to 11 in Manila.
Also lined up to the squad for the AVC event were Aby Marano of F2 Logistics and Jen Reyes of Petron.
Marano, Reyes and Daquis were part of the Petron squad that saw action in the AVC event last year.
They have already reported for training and will join the Tornadoes when they open a training camp in Bangkok right after the ongoing PSL All-Filipino Conference.
“Their experience in the international competition will be a major boost to our team,” said Lu, adding that coach Villet Ponce-de Leon is leaving no stone unturned in coming up with a very good performance.
“This shows how serious we are in forming a very competitive team. We will be playing before our countrymen, we want to make sure that our team will put up a gallant stand.”
The four PSL stars will be joined by American imports Ariel Usher and Lindsay Stalzer while locals Jaja Santiago, Angeli Araneta, Patty Orendain and Ivy Perez comprise the nucleus of the 18-woman pool.
Also in the team are Bia General, Rhea Dimaculangan, Maika Ortiz, Kara Acevedo, EJ Laure, Cherry Rondina and Carol Cerveza.
The team will be formally launched in a press conference on July 22.
“We will trim the lineup to the final 12 right after we arrive from Bangkok,” said Foton team manager Alvin Lu on Thursday.
“So we expect everybody to show up and give their best because representing the country is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
The Tornadoes are in in Pool A with Lien Viet Post Bank of Vietnam and the Hong Kong national team.
Also seeing action in the tournament are Bangkok Glass of Thailand, April 25 of North Korea, Sarmayeh Bank of Iran, Hisamitsu Springs of Japan, Zhetysu Almaty of Kazakhstan, Jakarta Electric PLN of Indonesia, Taiwan Power of Chinese Taipei and Bayi Army of China. Malaysians will also send a team.
“We really have to put our best foot forward because this tourney is an Asian championship," Lu said. "It is not a walk in the park."