Tryouts for the national volleyball team capped its three-day bubble in Subic Gymnasium with Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons leading the aspirants who answered the call for the beach volleyball national team duty.

/ 1 May 2021

Rondina and Pons were among the 21 athletes who attended the event to vie for a spot in the national team for the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Hanoi, Vietnam later this year.

The SiPons tandem clinched the bronze medal in the beach volleyball event during the 30th SEA Games along with teammates Dzi Gervacio and Dij Rodriguez, who also joined the tryouts.

National team veteran Jovelyn Gonzaga, who recently declared to go full time with beach volleyball, also showed up in Subic sands after completing a 90-day retooling course with the Philippine Army.

Khylem Harl Progella, Alexa Polidario, Erjane Magdato, Babylove Barbon, Princess Robles, Honey Grace Cabansay, Jennifer Cosas, Tin Tiamzon, Javen Sabas, Gen Eslapor, and Mer Jauculan will be completing the list of participants in the women’s seniors tryouts.

Joining Philippine National Volleyball Federation’s (PNVF) juniors program were Roma Mae Doromal, Grydelle Joanice Matibag, Khylem Harl Progella, and Samantha Maranan. 

DM Demontaño and Jackie Estoquia were also invited to the tryouts, however, they were not able to attend as they are on quarantine for getting in close contact with a COVID-19 positive coach.

For the men’s beach volleyball team, leading the casts are the 2019 SEA Games bronze medalists Jude Garcia, Jaron Requinton, and James Buytrago.

Other men’s beach volleyball team hopefuls were Anthony Arbasto, Edwin Tolentino, Ranran Abdilla, Ronald Umang-it, Joven Camaganakan, AJ Pareja, Jade Becaldo, Calvin Sarte, James Pecaña, Jason Uy, Philip Bagalay, and Joshua Miña.

Trying out for the juniors slot were Pol Salvador, Rancel Varga, Dominique Gabito, Efraem Dimaculangan, Jay Rack Dela Noche, and Alexander Iraya.

A total of 89 players, 21 in men’s beach volleyball, 31 in men’s indoor volleyball, and 16 in women’s indoor volleyball, answered the call for a chance to don the national colors for the coming biennial games.