The Philippine women’s and men’s beach volleyball teams left for Brisbane, Australia and Qatar, respectively on Tuesday in preparation for the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam set in May.

/ 16 March 2022

The Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) and patron Rebisco hosted a virtual send-off for the players and coaches of the Ph beach volleyball team as the women’s pool is headed to Australia while the men’s team will fly to Qatar on Sunday for their two-week training camp.

“It was not so easy to find countries who would accept us. We were supposed to train in Japan, but because of the COVID situation in Japan, we had to find other options. Finally, Australia was able to accept us for training,” PNVF president Tats Suzara said during a virtual press conference.

“They will participate in one or two tournaments just to prepare for the SEA Games,” she added.

Bannering the 8-woman pool are Sisi Rondina and Bernandeth Pons, who led the country to a bronze medal finish in the 2019 SEA Games, while Krung Arbasto and Jude Garcia will lead the 8-man pool for the men’s team.

Coaches Rhovyl Verayo and Paul Jan Doloiras will guide the country’s delegation whereas the latter will handle the women’s division and the former will steer the men’s division.

Army star Jovelyn Gonzaga and SEA Games bronze medalist Dij Rodriguez; and Nene Bautista and Gen Eslapor will complete the Rondina-Pons banner and Anthony Lemuel Arbasto, Jude Garcia, Jaron Requinton, Ran Abdilla, James Buytrago and Philip Bagalay are in the men’s division.

Meanwhile, the PNVF also released the list of national volleyball teams going to Qatar and Brazil.

The men’s team will be composed of Mark Alfafara, Angelo Almendras, JP Bugaoan, Kim Dayandante, Johnvic De Guzman, Joeven Dela Vega, Rex Intal, Lloyd Josafat, Jack Kalingking, Jessie Lopez, Kim Malabunga, Isay Marasigan, Ish Polvorosa, Josh Retamar, Francis Saura, Manuel Sumaguid, and Joshua Umandal.

And the women’s team, meanwhile, will be composed of Iris Tolenada, Deanna Wong, Kath Arado, Dawn Macandili, Dell Palomata, Jaja Santiago, Aby Maraño, Ria Meneses, Ces Molina, Jema Galanza, Alyssa Valdez, Kat Tolentino, Mylene Paat, Majoy Baron, Casiey Monique Dongallo, and Jelaica Faye Gajero.