SEA Games: beach volleyball teams from the PH will train in Australia

In May, the Philippines’ and women’s beach volleyball teams schedule to compete at the 31st SEA Games in Hanoi, Vietnam. They are flying to Brisbane, Australia, on Tuesday evening for their most extensive preparation.

The Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) and its longtime sponsor Rebisco hosted virtual setoff for the players. Coaches of the two beach volleyball squads hours before their flight to Australia. For the men’s national volleyball team, which will fly to Qatar for a two-week training camp on Sunday.

Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons led the nation to a bronze medal finish. At the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, led the 12-player delegation of the men’s and women’s squads. Training in Brisbane for two weeks, including two pocket tournaments.

“It was challenging to locate countries willing to welcome us. We willful to train in Japan, but we had to discover alternative training locations due to the COVID outbreak in Japan. During a virtual press conference, PNVF president Tats Suzara said Australia has finally agreed to accept the organization for training.

One or two competitions for the PH beach volleyball squad before the SEA Games

Army players Jovelyn Gonzaga and Nene Bautista declined to participate in the Lady Troopers’ Premier Volleyball League. Open Conference campaign to answer the request of women’s beach volleyball coach Paul Jan Doloirs.

They coupled with SEA Games bronze winner Dij Rodriguez and Bautista, Gonzaga pairs with Gen Eslapor for their Brisbane preparations.

Krung Arbasto and Jude Garcia were retained by the men’s beach volleyball. Coach Vyl Verayo after the duo competed in the AVC Club Championship last season. Team 2 is comprised of Ranran Abdilla and SEA Games bronze medallist Jaron Requinton. While Team 3 consists of James Buytrago and Pemie Bagalay.

The men’s national volleyball team coach Dante Alinsunurin and his players will depart for Qatar on Sunday and remain there until April 5. After the PNVF’s plan to bring the team to Italy fell through because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

“They scheduled to travel to Europe, but Italy refused to accept them due to the COVID outbreak.

Suzara stated, “It is not a good time to travel to Italy, as their club games are ongoing.”

“Finally, one of our closest volleyball allies in Asia, the Qatar Volleyball Association, accepted them. I also observe the enthusiastic response our Filipino community has received in Qatar. They qualified for the beach volleyball world championships and won bronze at the Tokyo Olympics. The standard in Qatar is truly rising.”

Due to the ongoing Japan V.League, Marck Espejo, and Bryan Bagunas will not participate in the training camp. The two players anticipate returning to the United States in the final week of April.

Jau Umandal, who played for Bani Jamra in Bahrain, will lead a 17-player group, including the SEA Games silver medalist. John Vic De Guzman, Mark Alfafara, Kim Malabunga, Rex Intal, Francis Saura, Jessie Lopez, Joshua Retamar, Ish Polvorosa, and Jack Kalingking.

Ysay Marasigan, Manuel Sumanguid, Kim Dayandante, Joeven Dela Vega, Nico Almendras, and Lloyd Josafat are participating in the overseas buildup. They will train twice a day and scrimmage with Qatar club teams.

Suzara noted that the women’s volleyball team would receive a special sendoff following next month’s PVL Open Conference and before its two-week buildup in Brazil beginning April 12.

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