PH to send one men's, two women's volleyball teams to Asian club tilt

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 27) – The Philippines will send two women's volleyball teams and one men's squad to the Asian Club Volleyball Championship to be held in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand in October.

"This will be an excellent exposure for our new young players who will be playing alongside the veterans," said Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) president Ramon Suzara.

For the women's side, Suzara said head coach Odjie Mamon and Brazilian consultant Jorge Edson Souza de Brito will pick four more players to form two teams of 13 players each.

Majoy Baron, Mhicaela Belen, Kamille Cal, Rhea Dimaculangan, Kianna Dy, Imee Hernandez, Ivy Lacsina, Eya Laure, Dawn Macandili, Dindin Santiago-Manabat, Aby Maraño, Kalei Mau, Ria Meneses, Jennifer Nierva, Faith Nisperos, Mylene Paat, Dell Palomata, Bernadette Pepito, MJ Phillips, Jaja Santiago, Tin Tiamzon, and Iris Tolenada are the female spikers in the national team.

The Filipina spikers will have a three-week training starting Sept. 1 at the University of the Assumption Gym in San Fernando City, Pampanga. They will fly to Thailand on Sept. 27 for the Oct. 1-7 tournament.

On the other hand, the men's squad will compete from Oct. 8 to 15 and will leave the country on Oct. 4. They will also train with the female spikers in the same venue starting Sept. 1.

The Dante Alinsunurin-mentored Philippine men's squad is composed of Kim Malabunga, Rex Intal, Francis Saura, Manuel Sumanguid, Josh Retamar, Marck Espejo, John Vic De Guzman, Mark Alfafara, Ricky Marcos, Jao Umandal, Ysay Marasigan, JP Bugaoan, Jessie Lopez, Kim Dayadante, Joeven dela Vega, Jack Kalingking, Bryan Bagunas, Ish Polvorosa, Nico Almendras, and Lloyd Josafat.

Meanwhile, the 21st Asian Senior Women's Volleyball Championship originally scheduled from Aug. 29 to Sept. 5 in Pampanga has been moved to May next year due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation.

The PNVF heeded the Asian Volleyball Confederation's suggestion to hold the tournament in 2022, from the national volleyball body's original proposal of October this year.