Grethcel Soltones awaits coach Gorayeb's go signal to join PH team tryouts
Grethcel Soltones wants to end her NCAA stint with San Sebastian as a champ but awaits the green light from coach Roger Gorayeb to join PH team tryouts. Dante Peralta

SAN Sebastian star Grethcel Soltones is uncertain to join the tryouts for the national team that will see action in the AVC Asian Seniors and the 29th Southeast Asian Games.

National women's team head coach Francis Vicente hinted in his previous interviews that it would be a big boost if Soltones will join the squad.

But the hard-hitting spiker from Catmon, Cebu said that her decision lies in her coach Roger Gorayeb’s go-signal whether she will show up for the January 28, 29 and 31 tryouts at the Arellano University gym at Taft Avenue.

“Nag-aantay lang po ako sa tatay ko, si coach Roger Gorayeb, magsabi sa akin kung ano ang gagawin kasi siya naman po ang naga-guide sa akin dito,” she said.

“So kung papapuntahin niya ako, pupunta ako, tapos kapag hindi naman, ok lang po,” she added.

Soltones and the rest of the SSC belles are currently leading the race for the elusive NCAA women’s volleyball title and the former team captain feels that Gorayeb wants her to focus on their mission.

“Hindi pa (kami nakakapag-usap about doon) wala pa siyang (Gorayeb) binabanggit sa akin at saka feeling ko po ayaw pa niya ng distractions ngayon,” she said.

“Gusto niya focus muna ako dito kasi last year ko na at saka gusto ko rin makuha ang korona,” she added. “(Pero) sana po magkaroon ng chance pero tingnan natin.”

Last year, SSC had a perfect run in the elimination round that earned them an outright Finals berth with a thrice-to-beat advantage only to fall prey on the hands of a title hungry College of St. Benilde.

“Apat na taon na po akong bigo pero sana this time, Lord, please this year na,” she said.

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