Volleybelles jump back to training in October

Volleybelles jump back to training in October

The national women's volleyball team will resume their training in October to sustain their program that would last up to the 30th Southeast Asian Games in Manila next month.File

MANILA, Philippines – The national women’s volleyball team arrived safely in Manila late Monday following a grueling campaign in the AVC Asian Women’s Volleyball Cup last week in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.



But it won’t be the end of their national duties.



Head coach Shaq Delos Santos said they would resume their training in October to sustain their program that would last up to the 30th Southeast Asian Games in Manila next month.



Unlike the previous national squads who got disbanded after competing in a major tournament, they are committed to stay together and train at least twice or thrice a week to make sure that they are ready for the next international competition.



So far, the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. has yet to formally identify their next tournament, but Delos Santos hinted that they would definitely participate if their schedule with their respective clubs will permit.



Based on the Asian Volleyball Confederation calendar, no major tourney is set October to December to give way for various club leagues like the Philippine Superliga and Premier Volleyball League.



The Asian body, however, has yet to release its calendar for next year although the prestigious Asian Seniors Women’s Championship is tentatively set in Thailand while the SEA Games is set in Manila.



“We’re still confirming it with FIVB and AVC on what tournament we’re going to join for next year,” said Delos Santos, who will formally join Petron in its preparation for the PSL All-Filipino Conference on Wednesday.



“But the sure thing is that our program will continue. We agreed to meet at least twice or thrice a week starting October so we would be ready by the time there’s an international tournament.”



“As much as possible, we want to join as many international tournaments as we could to prepare us for the SEA Games next year.”



Delos Santos said everybody — including newbies like Gretchel Soltones, Risa Sato, Jema Galanza and Jasmine Nabor — would get to keep their respective spots in the national pool.



They, however, would still invite other players to join to make it easier for them to form a team whenever an international competition arises.



“We would definitely invite more players and expand the national pool,” he said, adding that he would sit down with assistant coaches Kungfu Reyes and Brian Esquibel to formally identify the new players.



“This is in line with our goal of winning a medal in the SEA Games next year.”