Updated Mar 8, 2019, 3:16:42 PM
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 8) — Kalei Mau, Tots Carlos and Eya Laure headlined the newcomers in the Philippine women's national volleyball team pool.
The 22-woman pool was announced Friday.
Mau, a Filipino-American player, quickly made a good impression during the tryouts.
Carlos has been a steady hitter for the University of the Philippines (UP), while University of Santo Tomas rookie Laure is making a name for herself in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP).
Other UAAP players included in the roster are Kath Arado of University of the East (UE) and Jerrili Malabanan, Celine Domingo and Angel Cayuna of Far Eastern University.
MJ Phillips, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Ces Molina and Alohi Robins-Hardy, who all play in the Philippine SuperLiga, also made the cut.
Mainstays Alyssa Valdez, Aby Maraño, Jaja Santiago, Mylene Paat, Mika Reyes, Majoy Baron, Dindin Santiago-Manabat, Jia Morado, Jema Galanza, Dawn Macandili and Denden Lazaro are back in the fold, as the country gears up for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games happening in November.
Shaq Delos Santos will call the shots for the national team.
Meanwhile, Marck Espejo will lead the 20-man national team pool with Dante Alinsunurin manning the sideline.
The women's team will also have an under-23 team pool which will be bannered by reigning UAAP high school Most Valuable Player Angel Canino of De La Salle Zobel, UP's Isa Molde and Justine Dorog, and Judith Abil of UE. Kungfu Reyes will be their mentor.