Survival of the fittest as huge field of PSL stars vie for limited slots in PH team for FIVB world club meet
Jovelyn Gonzaga and Rachel Anne Daquis lead 27 players who will try out for seven slots in the Philippine team set to compete in the 2016 FIVB Women’s Club World Championship.

MANY are called but only seven will be chosen as Philippine Super Liga standouts try their luck in Friday’s tryouts for the 2016 FIVB Women’s Club World Championship.

A total of 27 players currently seeing action in the All Filipino Conference, battle each other for the seven slots allotted for locals, while seven others will be reserved for imports who will represent the country in the world tournament to be held from October 18-23 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Volleyball stars Jovelyn Gonzaga and Rachel Anne Daquis, part of the national team that competed in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games, along with La Salle setter Kim Fajardo lead the invited players for the tryout at The Arena in San Juan.

Aside from Gonzaga and Daquis, RC Cola Army teammates Honey Royse Tubino and veteran setter Tina Salak, who was part of the 1993 and 2005 national team that bagged silver and bronze respectively in the SEA Games,  are also in the list.

Gonzaga, the pride of Sta. Teresa, Jordan, Guimaras vowed not to waste her chance of suiting up in the world stage.

“Pangarap ko ito since noong bata ako, ito ang gusto kong mapuntahan paglaki ko, ito 'yung tournament na gusto kong mapuntahan para at least nakikita ko ang pinaghirapan ko for many years, since Grade 4 ako na naglalaro (ng volleyball) and siguro 'yun 'yung masasabi ko na na-accomplish ko,” said Gonzaga.

“Something na masasabi ko sa sarili ko na world na ang paglalaruan ko and makakapag-compete ako para sa bansa.”

Fajardo will be joined by her F2 Logistics teamnates Mika Reyes, UAAP Finals MVP Kim Dy, Mary Joy Baron, and libero Dawn Macandili.

Top rookie pick and open spiker Ara Galang and middle blocker Aby Maraño were not included in the list as their positions were being reserved for imports.

Coming from Cignal are NCAA champion College of St. Benilde's Jeannette Panaga, Janine Navarro, and Djanel Cheng, along with former Far Eastern University star Cherry Vivas.

Generika will have Gen Casugod, veteran setter Rubie De Leon, UAAP Season 77 Rookie of the Year Kath Arado of University of the East, and University of Santo Tomas’ Marivic Meneses, who saw action in last year’s Asian U-23 Championship.

Pau Soriano and Janette Serafica of Standard Insurance Navy will also join the tryouts, while Ma. Loudes Clemente and Cindy Imbo will represent Amy’s Kitchen-Perpetual.

Aside from its participation in the Asian Volleyball Confederation Women’s Club Championship this September in Manila, Foton will send 6-foot-5 Jaja Santiago, Maika Ortiz, and Rhea Dimaculangan, while Petron will be represented by Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Ces Molina, and Jen Reyes.


The seven players to be selected will be announced next month, along with the seven foreign players who will beef up the roster.

2016 European Champion Pomi Casalmaggiore of Italy, 2015 Asian Champion Bangkok Glass of Thailand, 2016 South American powerhouse Rexona Ades Rio of Brazil, Volero Zurich of Switzerland, and Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul of Turkey are five of the seven best club teams in the world that will compete in the meet and showcase their skills in front of Filipino audience.

Two other teams are yet to be named.

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