Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas Inc. (LVPI) president Joey Romasanta wants to ensure that future national volleyball teams will be competitive by forming a national pool of players which will back up the present teams.
This new generation of volleyball players will be tapped to form the national men’s and women’s under-19 volleyball team which will see action in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.
“Right now, excited ako tungkol dito. We need to form an under-19 team for us to be able to form a new generation of players in the national team,” said Romasanta.
The pool of players will help deepen the roster of national players who will represent the country in future international meets.
The present men’s national squad is formidable. Players include Alnakran Abdilla, Mark Gil Alfafara, Mark Espejo, Kheeno Franco, Reyson Fuentes and John Vic de Guzman.
Other players are Jeffrey Labrador, Jessie Lopez, Jeffrey Malabanan, Vincent Mangulabnan, Sandy Montero, Howard Mojica, Raffy Mosuela and Pitrus de Ocampo.
Then there’s Henry Pecana, Jason Ramos, John Paul Torres and Peter Torres.
The present crop of women’s national players is equally formidable. They include Rachel Anne Daquis, Alyssa Valdez, Jaja Santiago, Gretchell Soltones and Jaja Santiago.
Also available are Denden Lazaro, Jia Morado, Rhea Dimaculangan, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Dindin Santiago-Manabat, Bea de Leon, Abby Marano and Maika Ortiz.
Romasanta said 2016 will be a very busy year. As new member of the board of administrators of the FIVB he has been receiving offers to host international meets and invitations to join more.
Among the tournaments that the country will join is the Asian under-19 men’s and women’s tourneys this July.