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    LVPI willing to bend backwards for Espejo. Will Santiago sisters follow suit?

    Feb 12, 2019
    Marck Espejo could be available soon with his Japanese club unlikely to make the playoffs.

    LARONG Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. has not set a date, but has indicated it will accommodate Marck Espejo for a tryout even after the 20-man national pool has been drafted.

    Espejo, the former Ateneo star who is now suiting up for Oita Miyoshi in the Japanese volleyball, has told coach Dante Alinsunurin he may be available for the Philippine volleyball team for international tournaments this year.

    LVPI held tryouts during the weekend, with stars led by Ran Abdilla and Bryan Bagunas attending. The national federation is expected to announce its 20-man pool next week.

    “Si Marck Espejo nakipag-communicate kay coach Dante na he is willing to undergo tryouts pagbalik niya,” said LVPI president Peter Cayco.

    With Oita Miyoshi reeling in ninth place in the 10-team field with a 4-19 win-loss record, and with the final elimination round match set Feb. 24 against FC Tokyo, Espejo is expected to be available for the Philippine team.

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    “Ngayon kung hindi raw sila pumasok sa semis, mukhang hindi eh, baka pauwiin siya ng maaga,” the LVPI chief said.

    Cayco indicated sisters Dindin and Jaja Santiago could also be available soon for the national women’s squad.

    “Same case with the Santiago sisters (Jaja and Dindin). Kasi ang visa nila, yung multiple tourist nila na-convert to working, single entry lang pala yun.”

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    LVPI plans to field the Filipino spikers in the AVC Men’s Club Championship, Asian Men’s Senior Championship in Iran and in the 30th Southeast Asian Games that the Philippines will host in November.

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