OVERSEAS training camps are set and matches with other clubs are being arranged for the national women’s team that is being assembled for the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.
Larong Volleyball Sa Pilipinas Inc. officials said almost everything is set and they just need to decide if the team will be brought to Korea or Japan for training.
“There are available training camps where they can set up training and tune-up games,” said LVPI vice president Peter Cayco. “It could be around 10 to 12 days. Naka-setup na ‘yan. We will just choose.”
The national volleyball federation is eyeing a podium finish for the team in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games and believes training at either site will be crucial for the squad.
LVPI has held the Manila tryouts and will bring it to Cebu and Davao to find more prospects for the Asian Under-23 Championship, Asian Seniors Championship and the Southeast Asian Games this year.
The men’s team, on the other hand, also has the Asian Seniors Championship and the SEA Games on its calendar.
Jaja Santiago, Rachel Anne Daquis, Aby Marano and other top players showed up at the Manila tryouts.
Cayco is confident the new team will do better than the Philippine squad which two years ago fell short of a podium place.
“The last time, fourth tayo sa women’s so konti na lang ‘yun. This time, we have all the time to practice and choose the team,” said Cayco.
For his part, LVPI president Joey Romasanta believes the teams have what it takes to have a shot at a medal in the SEA Games with the preparation set by the coaching staff led by women’s coach Francis Vicente and men’s coach Sammy Acaylar.
“I guess with the preparation that we have, wala na tayong mahihingi,” said Romasanta.