MANILA, Philippines – A host of the country's biggest women's volleyball stars are teaming up as members of the 2017 Philippine national team pool, which was announced on Tuesday, March 14, at the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum.
Former UAAP stars Alyssa Valdez and Mika Reyes, from Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University, respectively, lead the 25-woman pool of coach Francis Vicente.
"I'm blessed to be selected to the national team again. It's always been an honor to represent the country and I hope to make the final cut," Valdez, who currently plays for Thai team 3BB, said in a statement.
"I'm so thankful to be part of this team, alongside the experienced, skilled, talented and hardworking players. We're hoping for your prayers and support!"
Other collegiate names on the list include setter Kim Fajardo plus Jaja Santiago, Dindin Manabat, Aby Maraño, and Myla Pablo.
Teams will be formed from the pool to compete in the Southeast Asian Games by August this year, as well as in the Asian U-23 and Asian Senior Women's Volleyball Championship in August.
See the full list of pool members below:
Also announced was the pool for the men's team.