Philippine National Volleyball Federation announced the last-minute changes on the eve of the 21st Asian Women’s Volleyball Club Championship in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.
“The four players’ swab samples weren’t immediately cleared by local health authorities as the results were elevated to Bangkok where the main lab of Thai Dept of Disease Control is based,” PNVF president Ramon “Tats” Suzara said
The federation didn’t name the four players.
“You cannot have only eight players on a team which is bound to play so many number of matches. It’s a sound decision to balance the team—besides, all of the athletes in Thailand are members of the national team,” he added.
Choco Mucho is down to 10 women from its after coaches Odjie Mamon and Brazilian consultantJorge Edson Souza de Brito needed to improvise.
The AVC approved the players’ transfer as seen in the final roster posted by SMM Volleyball, Baron and Dy, who were initially lined up in Choco Mucho, were listed in Rebisco.
The middle blocker and opposite spiker out of La Salle were seen in the photos of Rebisco’s practice on Friday.
The two F2 Logistics stars have joined the team composed of Aby Marano, Dindin Santiago-Manabat, Jema Galanza and Rhea Dimaculangan and young guns Eya Laure, Faith Nisperos, Mhicaela Belen, Imee Hernandez, Ivy Lacsina, Kamille Cal, Jen Nierva and Bernadett Pepito.
Rebisco takes on Altay of Kazakhstan at 7 pm in Pool B, while Choco Mucho battles Nakhon Ratchasima in Pool A at 1:30 pm.
Team captain Iris Tolenada, Kalei Mau, MJ Phillips, Deanna Wong, Mylene Paat, Ria Meneses, Dell Palomata, Gel Cayuna, Tin Tiamzon and Dawn Macandili are facing Thai stars Nootsara Tomkom, Chatchu-On Moksri, Tichaya Boonlert and former Creamline import Kuttika Kaewpin.
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