Big Names On The List
The face of the Philippine volleyball and the three-time UAAP MVP Alyssa Valdez leads the pool together with her award-winning setter friend/rival Kim Fajardo of De La Salle University. Expected names also made the list like Jaja Santiago (NU), and club league veterans Jovelyn Gonzaga and Rachel Ann Daquis.
The New National Team will represent the country at the Southeast Asian Games 2017. New and familiar names clouded the pool, some were expected and some shocked the volleyball community.
Ateneans Bleed Blue
Ateneo stunners made the cut led by the Iron Eagle Denden Lazaro. The still playing Atenistas, Maddie Madayag and Kath Tolentino, however, vowed to stay focus on their UAAP campaign.
Archers With Their Arrows
These tough La Sallian skippers made their alma mater proud as they dominate the list. Starting with the Kapitana, Aby Maraño and the fan-favorite Mika Reyes followed by the youngsters, Kim Dy and Dawn Macandili.
These España-bound athletes surely roared upon seeing their names on the list. The iconic Aiza Pontillas is on the list, with Rhea Dimaculangan, Maika Ortiz, and Ria Meneses.
NU Bulldogs also have their representatives. The older Santiago, Dindin Santiago-Manabat, and the Bagyong Myla Pablo, with the promising converted libero, Bia General.
Completing The List
Familiar faces also were included in the 25-man National Team Pool. The NCAA standout, Gretchel Soltones together with Gen Casugod and Elaine Kasilag.
Internet was once filled with outrage again when the list was announced, Tuesday. The household name Ara Galang is nowhere to be found! Netizens also slammed Coach Francis Vicente for choosing his players to enter the pool.
These UE Lady Warriors completed the list, and netizens are not happy about it. Former UAAP Rookie of the Year, Kath Arado made the cut with her current teammates, Roselle Baliton and Lourdes Clemente.
No Ara Galang?
The program is not closing the doors for Ara Galang, we just have to wait until the final 12-man National Team is named soon. SEA Games will take place in Malaysia this coming August.