JOVELYN Gonzaga, Rachel Anne Daquis, Mika Reyes and 34 other players showed up for the first day of the tryouts for the national team on Saturday at Arellano University gym on Taft Avenue.
Foton spiker Dindin Santiago-Manabat, former Ateneo libero Denden Lazaro, F2 Logistics middle blocker Aby Maraño, Foton libero Jen Reyes and Pocari Sweat tandem Myla Pablo and Ellaine Kasilag also showed up in the three-hour workout and physical exam.
Jaja Santiago did not join workouts but said she is looking to see action with the team soon.
National University and San Sebastian players were instructed not to train with the national team as they focus on the UAAP and NCAA campaigns.
"Masaya naman ako sa turnout," said national team coach Francis Vicente about the 37 hopefuls, although he admitted he's looking for more and is hoping to fill the holes through the provincial tryouts.
The Cebu leg will be on February 18 and 19, while the Davao tryouts will be on February 23-25.
"First day may kulang pa, 'di pa ako satisfied," he said. "Basta mayroon ako wish list sana matupad, dream lineup 'yun kung sakali."
"May lalabas dyan maniwala kayo sa akin lalo na sa Cebu at Davao," he added. "Hanggang 31st pwede mag tryout, then if I'm not yet satisfied pwede pa rin, meron pa rin 'yan. I will not stop hanggang 'di nafo-form ang dream team ko."
The Manila tryouts continue on Sunday and Tuesday.
Others who attended opening day were University of Santo Tomas players Sisi Rondina, Ria Meneses, Chloe Cortez, Carla Sandoval, Mary Pacres, Alyssa Teope and Alina Bicar, University of the East’s Shaya Adorador, Kathleen Arado, Mary Anne Mendrez, Jasmine Alcayde and Roselle Baliton, University of the Philippines middle blocker Kathy Bersola, University of Perpetual Help standout Lourdes Clemente, Foton setter Ivy Perez, former Foton libero Bia General, former UST stars Rhea Dimaculangan and Maika Ortiz, former Adamson ace Bang Pineda, Generika stalwart Gen Casugod, National U spiker Rica Diolan, Arellano top hitter Jovielyn Prado, Camille Victoria, Zilfa Olarve, Angelica Macabalitao, Kristine Magallanes and Renalyn Hachero.