NATIONAL women’s volleyball head coach Francis Vicente described the exclusion of Kim Dy as the hardest decision he had to make when he named the 18-woman Philippine team on Friday.
Dy was one of the prominent cuts from the preliminary 27-member pool for the national team bound for the Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship and the Southeast Asian Games this year.
Vicente also said the coaching staff had to strike a balance with the players named to each position, and, in Dy's case, the opposite hitter position was filled with talent like Jovelyn Gonzaga, Jaja Santiago, and Aiza Maizo-Pontillas.
At the end of the day, Vicente said a difficult decision had to be made.
“Napakahirap kasi alam naman natin ang laro niya sa UAAP, maganda. Mahirap kasi you cannot have so many opposite (spikers) sa isang team. Ni-rank namin by specialization,” said Vicente.
Players who also didn’t make the national team were Bea General, Elaine Kasilag, Myla Pablo, Dindin Santiago-Manabat, Grethcel Soltones, Maddie Madayag, and Kat Tolentino.
Vicente said the cuts were the decision of the six members of the coaching staff that also included assistant coach one Bryan Esquibel, trainer one Kungfu Reyes, and trainer two Ronald Dulay.
“Nag-vote, so hindi ako puwedeng lumihis sa vote na ‘yun. Hindi lang ako ang coach diyan. Kung ako lang, mag-isa, madaling magdagdag ng player. Pero nagbotohan,” said Vicente.
Vicente said the deliberation became intense among members of the coaching staff.
“Naging mainit din. Naging maganda rin naman ‘yung pag-uusap,” said Vicente.