THE Philippine women's volleyball team faces a shake-up - and possible new additions - amid dismal attendance in practices ahead of the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur.
A Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. (LVPI) official made no effort to hide his disappointment over the dismal attendance in thrice-a-week practices at the Arellano Gym along Taft Avenue.
The situation came to a head on Monday, the official said, when no member of the pool showed up for practice on Monday, forcing national coach Francis Vicente to cancel training altogether.
Now, the LVPI is looking to add three or four players to what was earlier announced as the final 14-woman lineup, just to keep the 12 regulars and two reserves on their toes.
The additions will likely come from the original pool formed before the final selection.
“The federation wants to challenge the players. They have to keep on pushing because there are other players who are ready to take their place,” said the source.
The team composed of skipper Mika Reyes, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Rhea Dimaculangan, Ces Molina, Jaja Santiago, Maika Ortiz, Aby Marano, Kim Fajardo, Dawn Macandili, Kim Dy, Denden Lazaro, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Gen Casugod and Alyssa Valdez has rarely been complete in practice since its formation.
Although the final lineup for the SEA Games has already been submitted, the Philippines can still make changes during the team managers’ meeting a day before the tournament kicks off on August 21.
The LVPI official said the lineup for the AVC Asian Women's Seniors Championship in Manila is also deemed not yet final.