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PH women’s volleyball team confident of SEA Games lineup

November 08, 2019 - Friday 2:11 PM by Daniel Joaquin

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DAVAO CITY — The Philippine women’s volleyball team remains confident it can secure a podium finish in the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games despite possibly losing Filipino-American Kalei Mau from its lineup.

Mau’s pending release from the United States Volleyball Association to play for the Philippines in the games has put her at risk of being dropped from the team’s 15-man roster.

Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas Inc. (LVPI) president Joey Romasanta and LVPI training director Peter Cayco believe that the team has enough talent to come up with a podium finish in this year’s edition of the biennial games.

Cayco said the team has a higher level of chemistry after undergoing intensive training for two weeks in Japan last month. In addition, the team was exposed to a number of highly competitive Japanese volleyball club teams.

Romasanta identified Thailand as the team to beat during the games as the country has one of the best women’s volleyball teams in the world. However, he is confident the national women’s team can put down Indonesia and Vietnam.

Only four teams will see action during the 30th SEA Games’ women’s volleyball tournament as Singapore had to pull its team out due to the failure to form a competitive team.

Sisters Jaja Santiago and Dindin Santiago-Manabat, who are playing as imports in a Japanese League, begged off from competing in November and December after they failed to secure clearances to play from their respective teams.

Filipino-American Alohi Robins-Hardy was also recently dropped from the list as her Philippine passport is still being processed.

Alyssa Valdez, Julia Morado, Mika Reyes, Iris Tolenada, Eya Laure, Abigail Maraño, Mary Joy Baron, Maddie Madayag, Roselyn Doria, France's Molina, Aiza Pontillas, Mylene Paat, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Dawn Macandili, and Kathleen Arado make up the team that will try to win a medal for the Philippines in the 30th SEA Games.

The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) funded the team’s training in Japan last month, as well as the men’s volleyball team’s ongoing training also in Japan.