Philippine team to World Women’s Club Volleyball Championship to have six Filipina PSL players, six imports
Asian volleyball official and LVPI adviser Tats Suzara is confident a team of six Filipinas and six imports will be competitive in the tough world club meet. 

SIX top Filipina players from the Super Liga and six foreign players will comprise the Philippine team that will see action in the World Women’s Club Volleyball Championship in October in Pasay City.

Organizers are finalizing the terms for the country’s hosting of the tournament from October 18 to 23 featuring European teams, two Brazilian squads, either Japan or China, 2015 Asian Club champion Thailand and the Philippines.

Suzara noted that other clubs have imports and tapping top international players for the Philippines will be crucial.

“Our team is very exceptional. I have requested the (international volleyball federation) FIVB for the host team to participate for the first time,” said Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. adviser Tats Suzara on Tuesday during the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum at Shakey’s Malate.

“What’s going to happen with the host team is that the team is not entirely an all-Filipino team because the World Club Championship is a selection of the best players in the world.”

“As an example ’yung team ng Russia is not an all-Russian team, it’s a selection of the best players in the world. They have an American, Russian, may Serbian so for the Philippines, in principle, the FIVB has approved to have six PSL players and six foreign players to be nominated by FIVB kasi mabigat ang labanan,” Suzara added.

“Once it is confirmed, PSL has to lend its six best players and the other six will come from the FIVB,” he continued.

Suzara said that the selection of the six local players will be conducted by the PSL, and they are eying a Brazilian setter and a Russian middle blocker for two of the six slots for foreigners.

A foreign assistant coach will also be tapped.

The hosting will cost US$1M, about P47 million, while the US$500,000 (about P23 million) prize money will be coming from the FIVB.

The estimated budget of putting up a competitive team costs between P6 million and P8 million, including a $10,000 (about P475,000) budget per import, according to Suzara.

Meanwhile, the core of 2015 PSL Grand Prix champion Foton led by National University’s Jaja Santiago and Ivy Perez will banner the PSL selection for the Asian Club Championship set September 3 to 11.  

“Foton will represent the country with some cooperation with players from other clubs,” said Suzara.

Foton will decide on the two foreign players that will beef up the team. It will be up to the team's management if they want to tap American hitters Lindsay Stalzer and Kathleen Messing, who steered the Tornadoes to the championship last year.

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“I’d like to announce maybe officially or unofficially because the talks are still on going with a TV partner. On October 18 to 23 for the first time in the history of Philippine volleyball the Philippines will host the World Women’s Club Championship at the MOA Arena,” said Suzara in the weekly sports program.

High level volleyball matches will be expected as European powerhouse teams such as Russia, Italy and Switzerland will see action in the six-day tournament, two Brazilian squads, either Japan or China and 2015 Asian Club champion Thailand will square off with host country Philippines.

The Philippine Super Liga president said that International Volleyball Federation has awarded the three-year old club league to be the local organizer.

Suzara, who's also an official in the FIVB, added that the Philippine Team, which will participate for the first time, will be a mix of six local and six foreign players.

“Our team is very exceptional. I have requested the FIVB for the host team to participate for the first time. What’s goung to happen with the host team is that the team is not entirely an all-Filipino team because the World Club Championship is a selection of the best players in the world,” he said.

“As an example ‘yung team ng Russia is not an all-Russian team, it’s a selection of the best players in the world. They have an American, Russian, may Serbian so for the Philippines, in principle, the FIVB has approved to have six PSL players and six foreign players to be nominated by FIVB kasi mabigat ang labanan,” Suzara added.

“Once it is confirmed, PSL has to lend its six best players and the other six will come from the FIVB,” he continued.

Suzara said that the selection of the six local players will be conducted by the PSL, while for the imports, they are eying for a Brazilian setter and a Russian middle blocker to add ceiling to the team and a foreign assistant mentor will be included in the coaching staff. 

The hosting will $1M, which in current exchange rate will amount to about P46M. While the $500,000 prize money will be coming from the FIVB.

The estimated budget of putting up a competitive team costs around six to eight million pesos, including a $10,000 budget per import.

Meanwhile, the core of 2015 PSL Grand Prix champion Foton led by National University’s Jaja Santiago and Ivy Perez will banner country for the Asian Club Championship.  

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“Foton will represent (the country) with some cooperation with players from other clubs,” said Suzara.

But Foton will decide on the two foreign players that will beef up the team. It will be up to the team's management to tap American hitters Lindsay Stalzer and Kathleen Messing, who steered the Tornadoes to an upset of the then grand slam-seeking Petron Blaze Spikers in December last year.

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