Shaq searching for solutions, not problems
National women’s volleyball coach Shaq delos Santos is unfazed by the absence of key players when the squad sets off to compete in the tough AVC Asian Cup in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.
“We would like to have the same team as in the Asian Games but it’s not possible, so we’re here not to find problems and instead find solutions,” Delos Santos told the Inquirer.
Among those missing from the Asiad lineup are towering sisters Jaja Santiago and Dindin Manabat, who are playing in the Japan league.
“We take this as giving other players a chance to represent the county and show their worth,” added Delos Santos. “And the players joining us are all talented players as well.”
Named back to the team are Alyssa Valdez, Cha Cruz, Mika Reyes, Jia Morado, Mylene Paat, Maika Ortiz and Denden Lazaro. Aby Maraño was named team captain.
Collegiate and club league stars Jema Galanza, Grethcel Soltones, Risa Sato, Melissa Gohing, Jasmine Nabor and veteran Aiza Maizo also made the final roster.
The Philippines made it to the elite field after placing eighth in last year’s Asian Women’s Championships two years ago in Biñan, Laguna.
But it’s going to be tough battle for the PH Lady Spikers who are grouped with Kazakhstan, Australia and Iran in Pool C.
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