PNVF REVEALS LINEUP FOR ASIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS; MARAÑO, TOLENADO, DE GUZMAN AS SKIPPERS
Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) bared the composition of the men’s and two women’s set to compete in the Asian Women’s and Men’s Club Volleyball Championship tournaments in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, next month.
The PNVF announced the approved final line-up during its virtual board meeting on Tuesday that will be playing under the colors of Rebisco and Choco Mucho in the continental tournament.
“With these club championships, we are putting in harness the national team program aimed at three major international competitions in 2022,” PNVF president Ramon “Tats” Suzara said.
“These are the Asian Games in Huangzhou, Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam and the Asian Senior Women’s Championship that we are hosting in May next year,” he added.
Two women’s squads will raise the flag with consultant-coach Jorge Edson Souza de Brito to call the shots for Team Rebisco while Team Choco Mucho will be handled by Coach Odjie Mamon.
Aby Maraño will be the skipper for Team Rebisco with Eya Laure, Jema Galanza, Faith Nisperos, Dindin Santiago-Manabat, Mhicaela Belen, Imee Hernandez, Ivy Lacsina, Rhea Dimaculangan, Kamille Cal, Jennifer Nierva and Bernadette Pepito making up the team.
On the other hand, Iris Tolenada will lead Team Choco Mucho where she is joined by Kalei Mau, MJ Phillips, Tin Tiamzon, Kat Tolentino, Mylene Paat, Kianna Dy, Ria Meneses, Majoy Baron, Dell Palomata, Deanna Wong, and Dawn Macandili.
On the men’s side, Dante Alinsunurin remains as head coach which will banner in the Asian Men’s Club Championship from October 8 to 15, also in Thailand.
John Vic de Guzman has tapped as team captain where he will be banded together with Jessie Lopez, Ysay Marasigan, Rex Intal, Mark Alfafara, Nico Almendras, Kim Malabunga, Ish Polvorosa, Francis Saura, Manuel Sumanguid, Josh Retamar, Jao Umandal, Ricky Marcos and JP Bugaoan.
Missing the final cut were libero Jack Kalingking, Lloyd Josafat, Joeven Dela Vega, and Kim Dayandate while core tandem Bryan Bagunas and Marck Espejo to skip the tournament due to prior commitments in Japan V.League.
Suzara, National Team Commission chairman Tonyboy Liao, PNVF secretary-general Don Caringal and deputy secretary-general for international affairs Ricky Palou have been monitoring the teams’ semi-bubble training at the Aquamarine Gym in Lipa City.
The women’s teams are set to fly to Thailand on September 27 while the men’s team is set to leave on October 4.