SISTERS Dindin and Jaja Santiago, Rubie De Leon, and Alyssa Valdez head the list of players named to the Shakey’s V-League selection that will represent the Philippines in the 2014 FIVB Women’s World Championship qualifiers in Vietnam.
Ateneo's multi-titled coach Roger Gorayeb was also picked to handle the 12-man team to the June 14-16 qualifiers after a meeting between Shakey’s V-League officials and Philippine Olympic Committee first vice president Joey Romasanta on Monday.
The National University Lady Bulldogs, who took the V-League First Conference crown on Sunday by beating the Ateneo Lady Eagles, have the most number of representatives to the team with five.
Aside from the Santiago sisters and guest player de Leon, who was named Finals MVP of the First Conference, also picked from the Lady Bulldogs' roster were Myla Pablo and libero Jen Reyes.
NU coach Edjet Mabbayad was also named assistant coach to Gorayeb.
Valdez was the lone representative of Ateneo to the team, which will also have University of Santo Tomas’ Rhea Dimaculangan and Maika Ortiz, Adamson’s Pau Soriano, De La Salle-Dasmarinas’ Iari Yongco, and many-time V-League guest player Suzanne Roces.
Libero Angelique Dionela, who along with the Santiago sisters was part of the Bomberinas squad that was formed by a breakaway group in the Philippine Volleyball Federation in the hope of representing the Philippines in the Vietnam qualifiers, also made the all-star list.
The team, formed hastily after the POC received a directive from the Asian Volleyball Confederation to send a representative to the Vietnam tournament, will begin training on Wednesday at the Philsports Arena before leaving for Vietnam on June 12.
They will face Vietnam, Indonesia, and Myanmar for the lone spot reserved for Southeast Asia in the 2014 world championships set in Italy.