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    Madayag keen on proving she's more than just a replacement for Santiago sisters

    Oct 10, 2019

    MADDIE Madayag vows to play all-out for the women’s national team in her first Southeast Asian Games appearance.

    “Super grateful ako kasi nasali ako sa team. Very grateful ako na cinonsider ng coaching staff na masali sa fourteen,” said Madayag, who was announced on Wednesday as part of the final cut, hours before Choco Mucho suffered a tough three-set loss to BanKo in the PVL Open Conference.

    The former Ateneo team captain is set to make her debut in the biennial tournament as national team head coach Shaq Delos Santos and Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas Inc. picked her as part of the final roster for the 30th SEA Games Philippines from November 28 to December 10.

    Madayag promised her selection won’t be fluke as she is about to give her all for the Nationals, who seek to end a 14-year medal drought since the 2005 bronze finish in Manila.

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    “Of course, para sa bayan bibigay namin lahat, kami lahat ng mga teammates ko, So expect na mag-all out kami,” the 5-foot-10 middle blocker said.

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    The 21-year-old Choco Mucho star was a late addition to the pool as one of the several replacements for Jaja Santiago, Dindin Santiago-Manabat and other players who begged off.

    Madayag joined the team’s Thailand training camp and saw action in the two legs of ASEAN Grand Prix.

    The Davaoeña showed her potential against Indonesia in the ASEAN Grand Prix as she was the Philippines’ spark-plug, scoring seven points and ignited crucial rallies in both legs, despite the pair of defeats to the Indonesians.

    Madayag will be joining fellow newcomers Kalei Mau, Eya Laure and Kat Arado as well as mainstays Alyssa Valdez, Aby Marano, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Rhea Dimaculangan, Jia Morado, Ces Molina, Mika Reyes, Majoy Baron, Mylene Paat and Dawn Macandili.

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