All 16 players who attended last month’s tryouts are included in the women’s national pool following the Philippine National Volleyball Federation Inc (PNVF) announcement Wednesday, May 13.
The list included 2019 Southeast Asian Games team members Mylene Paat, Eya Laure, Aby Maraño and Majoy Baron, as well as Iris Tolenada, Kamille Cal, Faith Nisperos, Ivy Lacsina, Mhicaela Belen, Alyssa Solomon, Jaja Santiago, Dell Palomata, Ria Meneses, Imee Hernandez, Jennifer Nierva and Bernadette Pepito.
Four more players will still be identified to complete the 20-player pool, but for the meantime, the initial list will be submitted to the Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee.
National team commission co-chairman Tony Liao said the remaining four players will be named from the 24 invited players who did not attend the tryouts once Brazilian coach Jorge Edson Souza de Brito arrives in July.
Among the notable players absent were Alyssa Valdez, Jia Morado, Dawn Macandili, Kim Fajardo, Kim Dy and Bea De Leon.
A mixture of veteran and up-and-comers, head coach Odjie Mamon said they still needed an experienced setter, a libero and two more outside spikers.
“I’m sure Coach Jorge is already studying the videos of our SEAG campaign, so pagdating niya, alam na naman niya kung sino yung mga kailangan pa natin sa team,” Mamon said.
PNVF President Tats Suzara said there will be no more tryouts for the team and instead, Souza de Brito will observe these players during the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) competitions.
Meanwhile, the men’s volleyball team remains formidable with the pool consisting mostly of players that won the historic silver medal in the 2019 SEAG.
They are: Jessie Lopez, Ish Polvorosa, Josh Retamar, Mark Alfafara, Marck Espejo, Bryan Bagunas, Jao Umandal, John Vic De Guzman, Rex Intal, Kim Malabunga, Francis Saura, Jack Kalingking and Ricky Marcos.
Completing the pool are Kim Dayadante, Nico Almendras, Ysay Marasigan, Joeven dela Vega, JP Bugaoan, Lloyd Josafat and Manuel Sumanguid.
Coach Dante Alinsunurin still remains optimistic they could improve in the 31st SEAG in Vietnam late this year.
PNVF has also expanded their beach volleyball pool with 10 each for men’s and women’s squads.
The men’s pool is composed of Anthony Arbasto, Jude Garcia, Jaron Requinton, James Buytrago, Philip Bagalay, Ranran Abdilla, Jade Becaldo, Calvin Sarte, James Pecaña and AJ Pareja.
The women’s pool, meanwhile, has Sisi Rondina, Bernadeth Pons, Dzi Gervacio, Dij Rodriguez, Babylove Barbon, Gen Eslapor, Mer Jauculan, Jennifer Cosas, Alexa Polidario and Erjane Magdato.