PH women’s volleyball team Brazil training goes up a notch

By: Dale Rosal - CDN Digital | April 18,2022 - 05:37 PM
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The Philippine Women’s volleyball team huddle on the court during their training camp in Brazil. | Photo from PNVF

CEBU CITY, Philippines—The Philippine Women’s Volleyball Team intensifies its preparation in its Brazil training camp for the upcoming 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) in Hanoi, Vietnam in May. 

The team is scheduled for another tune-up match on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 (April 20 Brazil Time). They will face a top-notch Brazilian volleyball club that their head coach, Jorge Edson Souza de Brito, will be announcing soon. 

The team is scheduled to play at least five more high-caliber friendly matches as part of their preparation for the SEAG, which is less than a month from now. 

“We always add something new each time we go into practice. I can see the improvement day by day, so when we play the next match, we’ll become better,” said de Brito after concluding a pair of workouts on Day 3 of the volleyball team’s two-week training camp at Sportville in Barueri, Brazil. 

De Brito combined middle blockers Jaja Santiago and Dell Palomata with PVL champion Alyssa Valdez, Ces Molina, opposite spiker Mylene Paat, setter Iris Tolenada, and libero Dawn Macandili to work on the team’s defensive pattern. 

The separate group comprised of Jema Galanza, opposite spiker Kat Tolentino, setter Kyle Negrito, and libero Kath Arado teaming up with middle blockers Aby Marano, Majoy Baron, and Ria Meneses are focused on ball control and receiving. 

“We did tactics in the morning and put all the guys together in the afternoon, but we used only five players on each side,’’ said de Brito, who is assisted by coaches Odjie Mamon, Cebuana Grace Antigua, Raffy Mosuela, Tina Salak, and therapist Grace Gomez.

The Philippine National Volleyball Federation under its president Ramon “Tats” Suzara has formed the national women’s squad seeking for a podium finish in the Vietnam SEAG on May 12 to 23, 2022.

PNVF secretary general Don Caringal helped arrange the Brazilian training camp while PNVF executive board member and national team chairperson Tony Boy Liao serves as head of delegation.

The last time the Philippine spikers captured at least a bronze medal in the Games was in the 2005 and 2003. The team won the gold medal way back in 1993 in the Singapore SEAG. 

/bmjo

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