WOMEN’S national volleyball team head coach Shaq Delos Santos bared that the pool for the 30th Southeast Asian Games will be a mix of mainstays and young players.
As Larong Volleyball Sa Pilipinas Inc. is set to announce the women’s national pool on Friday, Delos Santos told Spin.ph that there will be huge adjustments to the pool.
“Merong magiging adjustment merong bababa muna (sa pool), may aakyat din na mga bata so mix ng bata at ng mga seniors,” Delos Santos said.
The national pool formed last year for the Asian Games were composed of team captain Aby Maraño, Alyssa Valdez, Jaja Santiago, Jia Morado, Mika Reyes, Mylene Paat, Maika Ortiz, Rhea Dimaculangan, Dindin Santiago-Manabat, Kianna Dy, Cha Cruz-Behag, Majoy Baron, Dawn Macandili, Kim Fajardo and Denden Lazaro.
Jema Galanza, Risa Sato, Grethcel Soltones, Jasmine Nabor and Melissa Gohing were added in the Philippines’ stint the AVC Cup in Thailand also last year weeks after the Asiad.
Among the notable aspirants, who attended the three national pool tryouts, were Fil-Am star Kalei Mau, UST’s rookie sensation Eya Laure, UP’s dynamic duo Isa Molde and Tots Carlos and high school stars like Angel Canino and Alleiah Malaluan of De La Salle-Zobel
“Sa Friday na lang natin (malalaman),” Delos Santos said. “Basically, yun pa rin naman (yung pool) maglalagay lang kami ng mga future players para sa transition magkakaroon pa rin kami ng mga senior players yung dating players.”
Aside from the women’s team, LVPI will also announce the pools of men’s national team and under 23 women’s squad in the press conference.