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    Motolite declines to release Iris Tolenada to Philippine women’s team for Thailand stint

    Sep 9, 2019
    PHOTO: Dante Peralta

    IRIS Tolenada will not be able to join the Philippine women’s volleyball team in its Thailand stint as Motolite declined to give the Fil-American setter clearance.

    The Larong Volleyball Sa Pilipinas Inc. received a letter from Richard Chan of Motolite saying that that the club needs Tolenada for their campaign in the PVL Open Conference.

    The Philippine women’s volleyball team is participating in the Southeast Asian Grand Prix from Sept. 15 to 23 in Thailand.

    “We regret to inform you that we cannot release Ms. Tolenada at this point in time since our team is currently playing in the Season 3 Open Conference of the Premier Volleyball League,” wrote Chan to LVPI president Joey Romasanta.

    “Our team has several games scheduled already and we’re still in the middle of the first round of the conference,” he added.


      Tolenada was expected to leave with other PVL players Alyssa Valdez, Jia Morado, Maddie Madayag, Eya Laure and Jovelyn Gonzaga on Sept. 15 to join the Bangkok training camp before the Asean Grand Prix from Sept. 20 to 22 in Nakhon Ratchasima.

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      Motolite is in fourth place with a 4-2 win-loss record. Creamline leads with an 8-0 card, while Petro Gazz and BanKo Perlas have 5-2 records.

      Tots Carlos, also of Motolite, had earlier withdrawn, as did Creamline’s Jema Galanza, Angel Cayuna and Jerrili Malabanan.

      Jaja Santiago also failed to get the clearance to play in the 30th Southeast Asian Games from her Japan V. Premier League Club team Ageo Medics.

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