• V-League stars banner Philippine bid to qualify for Asian volleyball zonals

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    A team composed of aces from the top four teams in the just-concluded Shakey’s V-League will banner the Philippines’ bid in the South East Asian Qualification tournament June 14-16 in Quang Tri, Vietnam.

    The Philippine Olympic Committee assigned the Sports Vision Management Group, Inc. V-League organizer, to form a competitive squad after the Philippine Volleyball Federation, the country’s national sports association (NSA) for volleyball, declined to send a team to the event that serves as a qualifying tournament for the Asian Zonals.

    The Asian Zonals is the elims for the 2014 World Volleyball Championships.

    The PVF, despite the $7,000 subsidy from the organizing Asian Volleyball Federation, plus full board and lodging and land transportation, withdrew from the tournament, prompting the AVC to ask the POC to take over the formation of the team to avoid sanctions.

    The PVF, which has no national pool to speak of, cited lack of time to form a team, and money.

    The Philippine Sports Commission, meanwhile, has agreed to shoulder the volleyball delegation’s airfare, while Sports Vision has tapped Smart Communications for sponsorship and Accel agreed to be the team’s official outfitter.

    “The only way to develop any kind of sports is to participate and organize international competitions. I and the AVC are very disappointed with the present board of the PVF. If they do not join any activity, how can they develop volleyball in the Philippines. They should let other members run the association instead,” said Shanrit Wongprasert of Thailand, vice president, representing South East Asian Zone of AVC in a letter to the POC.

    The POC, through vice president Jose Romasanta, agreed to take over the formation of the team through Sports Vision.

    Five players from champion National University head the national team roster, including conference MVP Dindin Santiago, Finals MVP Rubie de Leon, Myla Pablo, Jennylyn Reyes and the 6-4 Jaja Santiago. Other members of the squad are Ateneo’s Alyssa Valdez, UST’s Maika Ortiz and Rhea Dimaculangan, Iari Yongco, Adamson’s Pau Soriano, Iari Yong of La Salle-Dasmariñas and Suzanne Roces.

    Roger Gorayeb is the head coach with Edjet Mabbayad and Ariel dela Cruz of National U as assistants, who both agreed to hand the head coaching job to the veteran Ateneo mentor.

    The team leaves for Vietnam on Wednesday.

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