THE Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. has set open tryouts for new players to add to the women’s national volleyball pool on January 24 and 25 at the Arellano University gym Taft Avenue campus in Manila.
Already part of the national pool are skipper Aby Marano, Alyssa Valdez, Jaja Santiago, Dindin Santiago-Manabat, Mika Reyes, Maika Ortiz, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Kim Fajardo, Kianna Dy and Dawn Macandili.
Cha Cruz-Behag, Mylene Paat, Jia Morado and Denden Lazaro were also part of the team that participated in the Asian Games in Indonesia last year.
Also part of the pool are Jasmine Nabor, Gretchel Soltones, Risa Sato, Jema Galanza and Melissa Gohing after joining last year’s Asian Women’s Volleyball Cup in Thailand.
National team head coach Shaq Delos Santos and his assistant coaches Kungfu Reyes and Brian Esquibel expect more players from Philippine Superliga, Premier Volleyball League, UAAP and NCAA to join the tryouts.
LVPI president Peter Cayco seeks to expand the national pool as the country is set to participate in four international volleyball tournaments.
Cayco is hoping to see some new faces like Cocolife’s Fil-Am star Kalei Mau, Air Force’s Dell Palomata, UP’s Tots Carlos, UST’s Eya Laure and Milena Alessandrini as well as high school stars Angel Canino of UAAP champion De La Salle-Zobel and Faith Nisperos and Alyssa Solomon of Nazareth School of National University.
“There are still a lot of untapped talent outside this pool and we’re looking to have them there,” he said
The men’s national team will also hold tryouts next month.
“With four major tournaments ahead, this is going to be a very busy season for our national team,” Cayco said. “That’s why we decided to call for a pair of open tryouts to further expand the pool and make sure that we will have a very competitive team in the Asian and Southeast Asian tourneys that will be held this year.”
The Philippines will be competing in the AVC Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship in China on April 20 to 28 followed by the 3rd Asian Women’s U23 Women’s Volleyball Championship in Vietnam from July 13 to 21.
The nationals will see action in the 20th Asian Senior Women’s Championship in South Korea from August 31 to September 8 before the much-anticipated 30th Southeast Asian Games hosted by the country from November 30 to December 10.