MANILA, Philippines – Stars from the Philippine Superliga (PSL) will represent the Philippines in the 18th Asian Senior Women's volleyball Championships in Tianjin and Beijing in China on May 20 to 28.
Filipino-American setter Iris Tolenada and premiere hitters Abigail Maraño and Dindin Santiago-Manabat will be tapped to lead the team that will be coached by Cignal mentor Sammy Acaylar.
Serving as assistant coaches are Francis Vicente of Philips Gold, Rosemary Prochina of Mane 'N Tail, and Benson Bocboc of Shopinas.com.
The 18-person line-up has already been submitted to the Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC), and will be further trimmed down to 12 at least a week before the opening day.
"This is part of our commitment to the newly-formed national sports association for volleyball – the Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas, Inc. (LVPI)," said PSL president Ramon Suzara, as quoted by the PSL website.
"I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the team owners, coaches and players who gave us their valuable time and resources for this noble endeavor. I hope this will trigger the start of our return to the international arena," he added.
Also part of the pool are: Shaya Adorador, Melissa Gohing, Michele Gumabao and Myla Pablo of Philips Gold; Maraño, Santiago-Manabat, Carmina Aganon, Mary Grace Masangkay, Frances Moline, and Ivy Perez of Petron; Jheck Dionela, Jeanette Panga, Janine Navarro, Lourdes Celemnte and Rica Jane Enclona of Cignal; Kim Dy of Shopinas.com; and Aby Praca of Mane 'N Tail.
"This is a fighting team. They may not win it all, but I can see the fire in their eyes, so rest assured that they will go down hard and fight for the country with all their might," said Acaylar.
The Philippines is in Group D along with Kazakhstan, South Korea, and Australia. They open their campaign against Australia on May 20.