MANILA – Three Western Visayas-based players have been named part of the 16-woman national volleyball team in the Southeast Asian Grand Prix from Sept. 20 to 22 in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.
Guimaras native Jovelyn Gonzaga and Ilonggas Abigail Marano and Aiza Maizo-Pontillas formed part of the national team that will also be used for the Southeast Asian Games in Manila later this year.
Gonzaga, who was returning to the national squad after missing the entire 2018 season due to an ACL tear in her knee, said she was grateful to be a part of the team.
“Ang pag-consider sa akin na i-include sa pool napakalaking bagay para ma-boost ulit ang morale ko since naglaro ako ng SEA Games noong 2017,” said Gonzaga.
Added the former Central Philippine University standout: “Pupunta ako sa training kung pinapupunta ako. Magko-commit ako. Kasi kapag nag-commit ako, 100 percent.” Also named in the pool were Alyssa Valdez, Kalei Mau, Madeleine Madayag, Roselyn Doria, Alohi Robins-Hardy, Iris Tolenada, Ejiya Laure, Mary Joy Baron, Frances Molina, Julia Morado, Mylene Paat, Dawn Macandili, and Kath Arado./PN