Philippine volleybelles eye impressive showing in ASEAN Grand Prix
Joey Villar ( - September 19, 2019 - 2:41pm

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine women’s volleyball team is hoping its 12-day training camp in Bangkok, Thailand will be enough to carry them through when it competes in the First ASEAN Grand Prix unfurling Friday at the Terminal 21 Mall in Nakhon Ratchasima.

The Shaq delos Santos-mentored, Rebisco-sponsored Nationals have flown to Bangkok early this month to get to train and practice together while tuning up with the Thailand national team and the Torray Arrows of the Japan V-League on the side.

“We learned a lot, we feel we’re getting better,” said delos Santos, whose charges tackle the Thais Friday and the Vietnamese the next day.

Delos Santos isn’t using the absences of Alyssa Valdez, Jaja Santiago and Fil-Am setter Iris Tolenada as excuses, saying he still has a veteran-laden squad.

Valdez sprained her left ankle a few days after she was scheduled to join majority of the players who flew early to Bangkok and was already replaced by Eya Laure.

Valdez was the third national pool member to miss the trip after Santiago and Tolenada didn’t get clearances from both their mother club teams.

 “These are mostly veteran players, they can make do with what’s given,” said delos Santos.

Aside from Laure, the other members of the team are Julia Morado, Alohi Robins-Hardy, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Kalei Mau, Aiza Pontillas, Mylene Paat, Ces Molina, Majoy Baron, Aby Marano, Maddie Madayag, Roselyn Doria, Dawn Macandili and Kath Arado.

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