Deanna Wong, Kat Tolentino, and Jema Galanza are the new inclusions to the Philippine women’s national volleyball pool for the 2021 AVC Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship on October 1 to 7 in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

/ 31 August 2021

After their notable performances in the recently concluded Premier Volleyball League (PVL), Choco Mucho’s Wong and Tolentino, and Creamline’s Galanza have been tapped by the Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF).

Tonyboy Liao, head of the National Teams Commission of the PNVF, disclosed the development of the three players who have been invited to join the training pool. 

“The three were invited. Because only three were needed to be added to make it for a total of 24 players in the pool,” Liao shared Spin.ph.

Choco Mucho’s Tolentino and Wong have performed well in the PVL, where the former was awarded the Best Opposite Spiker title averaging 14.91 points while the latter was the runner-up for the Best Setter Award averaging 5.79 sets per frame. 

Creamline’s standout Galanza, who was hailed as the MVP of the 2019 Open Conference, accumulated 103 total points through the semis — 11th best spiker in the league. 

These performances were enough to impress head coach Odjie Mamon and Brazilian consultant Jorge Edson Souza de Brito.

For Tolentino and Wong, this will be their first national team stint if they accept the invitation while Galanza is set to make her return to Nakhon Ratchasima after representing the country in the 2018 Asian Women’s Volleyball Cup. 

PNVF president Tats Suzara announced on Friday that they needed a pool of 24 players as they will send two teams to the club championship — 12 players each squad.

The women’s pool consists of Majoy Baron, Mhicaela Belen, Kamille Cal, Rhea Dimaculangan, Kim Dy, Imee Hernandez, Ivy Lacsina, Eya Laure, Dawn Macandili, Dindin Santiago-Manabat, Aby Maraño, Kalei Mau, Ria Meneses, Jennifer Nierva, Faith Nisperos, Mylene Paat, Dell Palomata, Bernadette Pepito, MJ Phillips, Jaja Santiago, Tin Tiamzon, and Iris Tolenada.

However, Santiago’s participation is still up in the air as she has prior commitments to Saitama Ageo Medics for the Japan V.League.