Aby Marano in doubt for SEA Games-bound Philippine team due to conflict in schedule
Members of the Philippine team that will vie for the gold medal in the coming Southeast Asian Games hold their second practice at the Blue Eagle Gym. Mei-Lin Lozada

ABY Maraño is likely out of the Philippine team that will compete in the 28th Southeast Asian Games on June 5-16 in Singapore, her place set to be taken by Ateneo rookie Bea de Leon.

Maraño is committed to play for the Philippine seniors side seeing action in the Asian Seniors Women's Volleyball Championship in China from May 20-28 and head coach Roger Gorayeb said there isn't enough time for her to prepare for the SEA Games with the rest of the team.

"Malabo na si Aby," said Gorayeb. "Kasi maglalaro siya ng China eh. Hindi siya makaka-ensayo (para sa SEA Games) hanggang May 28 ang laro (ng Asian Seniors), ang dating niya dito (sa Pilipinas) May 30 na, aalis kami (papuntang Singapore) sa June 4 so malabo na talaga."

"Ayaw ko naman na kunin siya sa kabila magagalit naman sa akin sina Sammy (Acaylar, Asian Seniors coach)," added the veteran mentor.

However, assistant coach Sherwin Meneses is not closing the door entirely on Marano, saying there is still a chance the former La Salle skipper can rejoin the team.

Marano's late scratch was the only change done by the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. (LVPI) on the 12-woman lineup which it finalized at around 7:30 p.m. after the team's practice at the Blue Eagle gym.

Leading the team that will battle regional powerhouse Thailand and Vietnam for the SEA Games gold are alyssa Valdez, Jia Morado, Jaja Santiago and Gretcel Soltones - all holdovers from the Philippine side that finished in seventh place in the last Asian Under-23 Championship in Manila.

Joining them are veterans Rachel Anne Daquis, Rhea Dimaculangan, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Maika Ortiz, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Denden Lazaro and Dindin Santiago-Manabat.

Here are clips from the team's practice on Tuesday:

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