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    Pinays face Kazakh club in first match under coach Souza de Brito

    Sep 30, 2021
    Philippine women's volleyball team

    THE Philippine national squad plays its first match under Brazilian consultant Jorge Edson Souza de Brito in the Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship on Friday at the Terminal 21 competition hall in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

    The team featuring team captain Aby Marano, Dindin Santiago-Manabat, Jema Galanza and Rhea Dimaculangan, playing in the colors of Rebisco, face its first match in Pool B Altay of Kazakhastan at 7 p.m.

    Eya Laure, Faith Nisperos, Mhicaela Belen, Imee Hernandez, Ivy Lacsina, Kamille Cal, Jen Nierva and Bernadett Pepito are also seeing action. They take on Supreme Chonburi of Thailand on Saturday and Saipa of Iran on Sunday.

    “I started with this team since July and I expect them to enjoy their plays here after a long time without playing. They are the young players of the national team of Philippines,” Souza de Brito told the Asian Volleyball Confederation.

    “There are a lot of good players. The experienced ones are like the mentor to my younger players and I like this balance in my team,” he said.

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    Kalei Mau, MJ Phillips, Majoy Baron, Kianna Dy and Dawn Macandili lead the second Philippine women’s squad in the tournament, wearing the colors of Choco Mucho, as they face home team Nakhon Ratchasima at 1:30 p.m.

    Phillips, Deanna Wong, Mylene Paat, Ria Meneses, Dell Palomata and setter Gel Cayuna played in the PVL Open Conference in Ilocos Norte in August.

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    Team captain Iris Tolenada and F2 Logistics players Baron, Dy, Macandili and Tin Tiamzon have not competed in two years but have been training together since the national pool’s Batangas bubble in July.

    “We are stronger individually but as a team we had less time to prepare,” coach Odjie Mamon told AVC.

    “It has been long time that the team was laid off as we finished the professional league last August and we had no chance to play.”

    Mau played as import in Puerto Rico and met up with the Philippine team in Thailand.

    Choco Mucho takes on the country’s nemesis in the SEA Games led by star setter Nootsara Tomkom, Chatchu-On Moksri, Tichaya Boonlert and former Creamline import Kuttika Kaewpin.

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