PNVF considers synthesizing experts and young stars for the typical SEA Games volleyball team

The women's national volleyball team huddles up after a training session in Brazil.  —JUNE NAVARRO

FILE – The women’s national volleyball team huddles after practice in Brazil. —JUNE NAVARRO

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) President Tats Suzara said that they are looking to summon a mix of professional and youth players for the Philippine women’s volleyball team at the Games. 32nd Southeast Asian Games in Cambodia next year.

Premier League Volleyball Federation president Ricky Palou on Wednesday said there was a chance the Conference Booster champion could represent the national team at the biennial meeting in May 2023.

“PNVF has said that they will likely consider the champion of this tournament for the enhanced tournament to represent the country at the Southeast Asian Games in May, which will take place in Cambodia. ,” Palou, who is also a board member of PNVF, during the tournament’s press launch.

“We have imports, the team may not be as strong, so I think we’ll let the coaching staff determine if they add players just to strengthen,” he added. .

However, Suzara told Inquirer Sports that the federation is looking for a mix of PVL and college players.

“We will have a national team selection for the SEA Games,” the PNVF president said in a message. “Not all (pros). Mixed (made up of professional and young players.)”

PVL commissioner and National Team Committee head Tonyboy Liao said nothing is final yet.

“Not yet (finally). It will be decided by the PNVF board,” Liao told the Inquirer in a message.

PNVF and Brazilian head coach Jorge Souza de Brito formed a selection of PVL players, led by Alyssa Valdez, Jaja Santiago, Ces Molina and Mylene Paat, at the Hanoi SEA Games last May. But the team only won one match and ended up missing the podium again since it last won a bronze medal in 2005.

During the time PNVF hosted the Asian Women’s Volleyball Confederation Cup last August, PVL Invitationals champion Creamline was a last-minute substitute for the original National University squad after players from people with the title of UAAP was overthrown by the federation.

The Cool Smashers, who played without Alyssa Valdez, still won the country’s best finish – sixth place – in the league.

Creamline also carried the flag at the Asean Grand Prix in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand last September, finishing last in the four-team tournament. But Kyla Atienza’s appearance as Best Libero is a silver lining.

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