THE Philippine women’s volleyball team has not even been formally introduced, or much less, competed in an international competition, yet a revamp is already in the offing.
No thanks to their stunning and disappointing defeat in the finals of the Philippine National Games on Saturday, the Bomberinas are set to be dropped as the country's representative to the Southeast Asian zonal qualifiers for the 2014 FIVB Women’s World Championships.
In their place, Philippine Olympic Committee first vice president Joey Romasanta said they will now be forming a selection from the top four teams at the end of the current Shakey’s V-League conference.
A source also said that either Ateneo’s Roger Gorayeb or National University’ Edjet Mabbayad, rival coaches in the Shakey’s V-League First Conference Finals, will now mentor the national squad in the Vietnam qualifiers instead of the Bomberinas' Sammy Acaylar.
The Bomberinas, a team culled from a series of tryouts held by a splinter group in the Philippine Volleyball Federation, were originally being eyed by the POC to fly the flag in the qualifiers set two weeks from now.
The plan, however, was suddenly dropped after the Bomberinas suffered a four-set defeat at the hands of Philippine Air Force during the gold medal match in the PNG women’s volleyball tournament.
“We are going to salvage the situation by having a selection of the top four teams in the V-League,” Romasanta said. “Tutal andyan din naman ‘yung mga players.”
“We need to put up the best possible team under the circumstances,” said Romasanta.
The POC has recently been given the authority by the Asian Volleyball Confederation to form a national team bound for the Southeast Asian zonal qualifiers in Vietnam two weeks from now.
The Bomberinas were stunned by Philippine Air Force, 21-25, 25-19, 26-24, 25-18, on Saturday while playing without four key players, including sisters Dindin and Jaja Santiago.
Acaylar said the Santiago sisters, along with Rubie De Leon and Ivy Perez, asked to be excused for the gold medal match because their team National University will be playing in the Shakey’s V-League finals against Ateneo on Sunday.
Despite losing the gold with a shorthanded lineup, the results obviously didn’t sit well with the POC.
Romasanta said that he is expecting Shakey’s V-League officials Moying Martelino and Ricky Palou, as well as Dr. Ian Laurel, to work on the composition of the team before submitting the final lineup on Tuesday.
“It’s going to be, hopefully, the V-League coming to the rescue of Philippine volleyball,” Romasanta said.