THE women’s national volleyball team braces for a series of tough tune-up games against Thai teams in their 12-day training camp in Bangkok, Thailand.
The first batch of the Philippine volleyball squad, composed of skipper Aby Maraño, Kalei Mau, Alohi Robins-Hardy, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Ces Molina, Roselyn Doria, Majoy Baron, Mylene Paat, Dawn Macandili and Kath Arado, arrived in Bangkok on Saturday in preparation for the 30th Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines will host from November 30 to December 11.
National team head coach Shaq delos Santos kicked off their training camp with light volleyball drills and strength conditioning on Sunday.
“Happy kami kasi makakastart na kami ng training namin which is tagal na namin gusto mangyari,” said Delos Santos. “Pero siyempre meron kasi kaming dapat i-consider nirerespect din namin yung lahat ng teams na nilalaruan nila.”
The Premier Volleyball League players, Alyssa Valdez, Jia Morado, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Maddie Madayag, Iris Tolenada, and Eya Laure, as well as assistant coach KungFu Reyes will follow on September 15.
Delos Santos is elated to finally conduct their training camp as he starts building the chemistry between the mainstays and newcomers of the national team.
“For us itong line-up namin, okay sa amin to gagawin namin yung best namin. Skilled naman to lahat and then yung talent nila,” he said. “Kailangan lang magjell yung team, ibang usapan din yun, process pa rin yun. Kailangan talaga makapagtraining kami ng mabuti at tuloy tuloy talaga.”
The Philippines will take on Thailand's U23 National Team in friendlies on September 9 and 11, as well as its senior team - a regional powerhouse - on Sept. 10 at the Sports Authority of Thailand Gym.
The Nationals also battle Bangkok Univerisity on Sept. 12, as well as Japan's V-League 2nd Placers Toray Arrows, who also bagged the championship of 2018 /2019 All Japan Kurowashiki Tournament, on Sept. 15.
After the training camp, the Filipina spikers will see action in the inaugural Women's ASEAN Grand Prix Volleyball Championship, where they will face the national teams of Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam from September 20-22 at the Nakhon Ratchasima.
“Siyempre hanggat maaari magkaroon kami ng magandang position sa magiging standing namin,” Delos Santos said. “Kasi ang mangyayari doon parang round robin lang siya tapos points system.”