The Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) is sending national teams to overseas training sessions to begin building an important force for the 31st Southeast Asian Games hosted by Vietnam from December 12. until May 23.
The men’s indoor volleyball team, hoping to win a gold medal after winning silver last year, will fly to Qatar on March 20 and will conduct practice until April 5. PNVF President. Ramon “Tats” Suzara said the men’s team was supposed to hold their training in Italy but restrictions got in the way.
“We can bring our experience (which we will get from Qatar) to the Philippines here and all the way to the SEA Games,” said head coach Dante Alinsunurin of the team that will be led by captain John Vic. De Guzman said.
Along with De Guzman, they also returned to the SEA Games stage as Rex Intal, Kim Malabunga, Ish Polvorosa, Joshua Retamar, Francis Saura, Joshua Umandal, Mark Alfafara, Jack Kalingking and Jessie Lopez.
Also in the group were Nico Almendras, John Paul Bugaoan, Kim Dayandante, Joeven Dela Vega, Lloyd Josafat, Ysay Marasigan and Manuel Sumanguid II.
Mainstays Bryan Bagunas and Marck Espejo, both playing in the Japan V.League, will miss the Qatar training camp but Alinsunurin said the two players will join the team in late April or early May.
Meanwhile, the women’s indoor team will have a two-week intensive training tour in Brazil starting on April 12, just days after the end of the 2022 Premier League Volleyball Championship. on April 9th.
They will then prepare to eclipse their fourth place finish in the previous tournament, which they went unbeaten against their Southeast Asian neighbors Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia.
Leading the group are Alyssa Valdez and Jaja Santiago with Iris Tolenada, Deanna Wong, Kath Arado, Dawn Macandili, Del Palomata, Aby Maraño, Ria Meneses, Ces Molina, Jema Galanza, Kat Tolentino, Mylene Paat, Majoy Baron and young people Casiey Dongallo and Jelai Gajero.
Both men’s and women’s beach volleyball teams will set off this evening to Brisbane, Australia for overseas training with pairing Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons.
“Foreign experience, you can’t buy that. A lot of foreign experience can help our national teams improve their level. Although it’s expensive, we need more support. support,” Suzara said during a virtual farewell ceremony Tuesday morning.
“Our goal is to win gold in four teams. The level of competition for the games in Southeast Asia this May will be the same because of the pandemic, but I think we will fight well.”
—JMB, GMA News