MANILA, Philippines — Francis Vicente, coach of the women's national volleyball team, says players who skipped the "Clash of Heroes" fundraising event on Monday will still have a chance to make it to the national team.
Vicente initially called the "Clash of Heroes" the "ultimate test" not just of skills and talent, but also character and the commitment of the players who were included in the initial pool of the national women's team.
Yet the event was besieged by no-shows, with Premier Volleyball League (PVL) stars Alyssa Valdez, Grethcel Soltones, Elaine Kasilag, and Myla Pablo all being barred by their club teams from participating in the fundraiser.
On the day itself, it was revealed that F2 Logistics' Kim Fajardo, Abigail Maraño, Kianna Dy, and Dawn Macandili, as well as Cignal's Jovelyn Gonzaga and Rachel Anne Daquis, would miss the event as well. The Cignal players were in Japan for training, while the F2 Logistics team was in Batangas for a team-building event.
That meant that only 15 players showed up to the "Clash of Heroes," which was won by the Mika Reyes-led Pilipinas Blue in five sets.
However, Vicente said that those who did not show up on Monday will still have a chance to make it – but they have to make the first move.
"May deliberation na mangyayari," he said. "Kumbaga, 'yung pintuan, siyempre sinasabi ng iba na sinarado 'yung pintuan. Hindi naman siya naka-padlock eh. Kakatok ka lang. 'Yun ang kailangan."
This goes for all the players, Vicente stressed, though he did not name any names. He further made it clear that while these players are welcome, they need to show that they are committed.
"Noong umpisa pa lang, gusto ko committed 'yung player. Kasi pag may commitment, dire-diretso na 'yan eh. Tuloy-tuloy na 'yan," he said.
Vicente will deliberate with his coaching staff this week about the composition of the 18-woman pool, from which the national team that will be sent to the Southeast Asian Games will be chosen. He expects to identify the players before the Philippine Superliga All-Stars leave for Kazakhstan on May 21 to compete in the AVC Women's Club Championship.
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