TWENTY-one players responded to the call of duty, with Aby Marano and Michele Gumabao leading players that attended the first day of tryouts for the Philippine women’s team seeing action in the 18th Asian Senior Women's Championship in China.
Liberos Jheck Dionela and Melissa Gohing also joined the tryouts on Tuesday night at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum, as well as Carmela Tunay, Filipino-American setter Iris Tolenada, Myla Pablo and Shaya Adorador of Super Liga club Philips Gold, Jannine Navarro, Lourdes Clemente, Jeanette Panaga, Coleen Bravo, Riza Enclona and Jana Sta. Maria of Cignal, Jamela Suyat and Ana Diocareza of Perpetual Help, Mina Aganon, Mary Grace Masangkay and Ivy Perez of Petron, Abi Praca, Lilet Mabayad, Marleen Cortel of Mane ’N Tail and Kim Dy and Rizza Mandapat of Shopinas.com.
An initial pool of 18 will be selected, with the best 12 to see action in the Asian joust set on May 20 to 27.
The team is being handled by Philippine Super Liga coaches Sammy Acaylar of Cignal, Francis Vicente of Philips Gold, Shopinas.com assistant coach Benson Bocboc and Rosemarie Prochina of Mane 'N Tail.
Prochina was part of the 1993 team that won the Philippines’ last Southeast Asian Games gold medal back in 1993.
Acaylar was relieved to see top Super Liga and college players attend the seniors tryouts, just days after the first official practice of the Under-23 team drew only a handful of players.
“I’m so happy because you know, noong unang arangkada namin sa tryout medyo nag-alangan ako siyempre first tryout ito and I don’t know kung maraming pupunta,” said the veteran mentor.
“Pero sa dami ng nagpunta ngayon naisip ko na marami talagang players ng volleyball sa Pilipinas na gustong mag-contribute para sa atin,” he added.