The Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas Inc. (LVPI) has released the names of the volleyball players who will form the national team pools for the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
Alyssa Valdez and Abigail Marano lead the 22 names in the women’s national team pool that also includes Aiza Maizo – Pontillas, Mika Reyes, Aleona ‘Dindin’ Santiago – Manabat, Alyja ‘Jaja’ Santiago, Mary Joy Baron, Dennise Lazaro, Dawn Macandili, Jia Morado, Frances Molina, Mylene Paat, and Marjana Philips.
First-timers Kathleen Arado, Diana ‘Tots’ Carlos, Angel Cayuna, Celine Domingo, Jema Galanza, Ejiya Laure, Jerrili Malabanan, Tyler Marie Kalei Mau, and Alohi Robins-Handy also made it to the pool.
Coach Cesael ‘Shaq’ Delos Santos heads the coaching staff for the women’s national team, and coaches Brian Esquibel and Reyes Emilio Jr. will serve as his assistant coaches.
Meanwhile, Johnvic de Guzman and Marck Espejo banner the 20-man national team pool that also has Ainakran Adbilla, Mark Alfafara, Bryan Bagunas, Kim Dayandante, Joven Dela Vega, Rex Intal, Fauzi Ismail, Jack Kalingking, Jessie Lopez, Jeffrey Malabanan, Kim Malabunga, Rikko Marmento, Ricky Marcos, Ismilso Polvorosa, Francis Saura, Jayvee Sumagaysay, Peter Torres, and Joshua Umandal.
The national men’s team pool will be trained by head Coach Dante Alinsunsurin, alongside assistant coaches Ariel Dela Cruz and Sherwin Meneses.
The LVPI also named an Under-23 women’s team pool headlined by collegiate stars Angel Canino, Judith Abil, and Isa Molde.
They will be joined by Ivana Marie Agudo, Justine Dorog, Ria Beatriz Duremdes, Alexis Miner, Roselyn Rosier, Alina Bicar, Lyann Marie De Guzman, Lycha Ebon, Ma. Fe Galanza, Kecelyn Galdones, Imee Hernandez, Ylizyeth Justine Jazareno, Ysabel Jimenez, Maristela Layug, Alleiah Jan Malaluan, Mary Anne Mendrez, Faith Nisperos, and Jeanette Villareal.
The squad’s coaching staff is composed of head coach Emilio Reyes, assistant coaches Christina Salak, Michael Fritz Santos, and trainer Clarence Esteban.
All three national team pools will be reduced to 15 players before the 2019 SEA Games that will be hosted by the Philippines from November 30 to December 19.