MANILA, Philippines – Alyssa Valdez, Jia Morado and Myla Pablo – national team players who are also seeing action in the Premier Vollleyball League (PVL) – have yet to receive a go signal from their mother teams if they can see action with a rival league.
The Philippine women's volleyball team mentored by Shaq delos Santos had made plans for the national squad to join the 2018 Philippine SuperLiga (PSL) Invitational Conference as part of the 2018 Asian Games buildup.
Valdez said the PVL players have asked permission from their respective team managers to join the national team's stint in rival league PSL.
"We're waiting also for the formal letter. It’s gonna be a long process for everyone," said Valdez.
Former Ateneo standouts Valdez and Morado are members of the Creamline Cool Smashers, while former National University star Pablo is part of the Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors.
The PSL will kick off on June 23.
"If given a chance, maganda ding lumabas din tayo as national team para makakuha ng experience katulad ng mga practice games with different teams," said Valdez about the plan.
"I think the level of competition is yun 'yung kailangan ng team kasi mas malakas ang mga kalaban sa Asian Games."
(If given a chance, it's great to go out as a national team, like compete in practice games with different teams in order to get experience. I think the team needs this level of competition because of our strong opponents in the Asian Games.)
However, the affected players would need to fulfill their commitments with the club teams first and look for a comprise with the national team program.
"Kapag wala namang conflicts sa training or sa games namin, it's okay naman. Pero, of course, we have to honor our commitment to them," explained Valdez.
(If there are no conflicts with our training and games, then it's okay. But of course, we have to honor our commitment to them.)
Delos Santos said he will also do his part by coordinating with the PVL players and getting updates of their status with their respective teams.
"Siyempre sa kanila rin tinatanong kung ano status nila, ano ang na sa practice training nila, practice time nila, so parang okay naman sa kanila and willing naman sila maglaro dito. Yun nga lagi namin tinatanong ano ba yung stand sa management o may manager naman sila," said Delos Santos.
(Of course we always ask for their status in their teams, what they do in practice, their practice times, and it looks like it's okay with them and they're willing to play. We always ask for the stand of their management or managers.)
More commonly known as “Bee”, Beatrice is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Phillippine sports governance, national teams, football and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.