Alyssa Valdez, Tots Carlos lead PH women’s team for AVC Cup

Published August 17, 2022, 1:21 PM

by Kristel Satumbaga-Villar

Alyssa Valdez and Tots Carlos banner the 14-player national team that will compete the Asian Volleyball Confederation Cup for Women starting on Sunday at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.

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The Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) announced the list Wednesday, Aug. 17, that include players from newly-crowned Premier Volleyball League Invitational Conference champion Creamline.

Also in the list are Ced Domingo, Risa Sato, Jeanette Panaga, Michele Gumabao, Ella de Jesus, Pau Soriano, Kyla Atienza, Jia de Guzman, Fille Cayetano, Kyle Negrito, Rose Vargas and Jema Galanza.

Accompanying the squad are head coach Sherwin Meneses, assistant coach Karlo Santos, trainer Ariel Morado and strength and conditioning coach Mark Caron.

The team opens its campaign against Vietnam on Sunday before taking a Monday off, then resumes its bid against China on Tuesday, Iran on Wednesday and Korea on Thursday.

The national women’s team needs to finish in the top four in Pool A to qualify for the quarterfinals. The fifth-placed team in Pool A will finish in ninth place.

Pool B was reduced to four teams after the withdrawal of Kazahkstan on Tuesday. Japan, Thailand, Chinese-Taipei and Australia make up Pool B.

Four players—Alyssa Valdez, Jia de Guzman, Jema Galanza and Risa Sato—were part of the Philippine squad that placed ninth in the last AVC Cup for Women competition in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, in 2018.