Kim Dy still uncertain for national team as academics stands in way of overseas training
Kim Dy is able to play with her club F2 in the domestic league but with the national team will she will have to be overseas for three weeks. Jerome Ascano

IT is still uncertain whether Kim Dy will be able to join the Philippne women’s volleyball team training in Japan as the opposite hitter has yet to get a clearance from La Salle.

Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. picked Dy to replace Rachel Anne Daquis, who withdrew from the national team last week. The national federation has yet to announce plans if Dy is unable to join the national squad.

The national pool, preparing for the Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games in August, will train in Japan from July 17 to August 2.

“Actually, I’ll try to talk to my professors to give me early exams or early school work para ma-lessen ’yung load ’pag umalis na kami,” said Dy.

“It will depend din sa professors ko if they will give me a chance to take my school work early kasi three weeks din ‘yun na ako wala sa school.”

“Nakadepende rin ’yun kung anong magiging status ko sa school kasi I think it’s too late to (file) for a leave of absence sa school kasi in the middle of the term na,” she added.

La Salle coach Ramil de Jesus stressed that Dy’s academics are important but noted that for athletes it is an honor to be able to serve the national team.

“Tinanong ko ’yung bata, ako kasi personally gusto ko talaga na kung magkakaroon ng chance ang player ko na makalaro sa national team, why not? Sabi ko ’yun ang pinaka-inaambisyon ng bawat player,” he said.

The veteran mentor advised Dy to talk to her professors.

“Sana makausap niya ang mga teachers niya, sana payagan siya na mag-leave or makasama sa training sa Japan, which is 17 days ‘yun eh. Baka abutin ng one month ‘yun na hindi siya papasok. Hopefully, mapayagan siya ng mga majors niya. Sa akin walang problema eh,” said de Jesus.

“Sabi ko pilitin mong mapakiusapan ang mga teachers mo kasi siguradong may papayag at mayroong ‘di papayag, ganoon naman kasi talaga sa La Salle,” he added.

Dy was earlier advised to focus on her studies after being cut from the pool.

“Sa case niya kasi in-advice ko sa kanila na mga fourth year na, kasi going fifth year na ang mga ’yan, so ang mga subjects nila medyo alanganin. Sabi ko kung magko-concentrate kayo sa national team mag-LOA kayo sabi kong ganoon,” said de Jesus.

“Kung halimbawa lang na napaghandaan lang ‘yan noong una. Kung nasama ’yan sa 18 (pool) malamang LOA na yan. Papa-midterms na eh,” he added.

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Dy will try to talk to her professors on Wednesday.

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