by Waylon Galvez
De La Salle University spiker Kim Dy has been added to the Philippine women’s team that will compete in the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games next month in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Dy, a key member of the Lady Archers team that won the UAAP crown last year, replaced veteran Rachel Anne Daquis, who opted to leave the Nationals due to personal reasons.
The announcement was made by Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. (LVPI) acting president Peter Cayco during yesterday’s briefin
g for both the women’s and men’s teams.
“We have informed her that she is now part of the women’s national team,” said Cayco following the meeting at the Arellano University gym in Taft Ave., Manila.
Dy is part of the 18-member national pool from where women’s mentor Francis Vicente picked the final 14 players for the biennial meet scheduled August 19-30.
The addition of Dy, who also plays for F2 Logistics in the Philippine Super Liga (PSL), reunites her with former De La Salle teammates Mika Reyes, Kim Fajardo and Aby Maraño.
The decision of Daquis to step down saddened PSL chief Tats Suzara.
“I feel so bad that Rachel left, I don’t know what’s the reason,” said Suzara, who attended the meeting. “There might be some personal reason, but again, this is the national team. The show must go on.”
The women’s team, which also has superstar Alyssa Valdez, will leave for Japan on July 18 for a two-week training, while the men’s squad will depart for South Korea on July 20.
“It’s very important yung training abroad, syempre makakatulong yung Japan volleyball community sa pag-training ng Philippine team; marami tayong matututunan doon,” said Vicente.
Sammy Acaylar, the coach of the men’s team, shared the same sentiment.
“Of course malaking bagay na makapag-training sa labas ng bansa, kasi sa Korea makakalaban namin yung ilan sa magagaling nilang club teams. Importante ito kasi mag-gain ang mga players ng experience playing together,” said Acaylar.
The men’s and women’s teams are hoping to win a medal in the SEA Games this year since the last podium finish for both was bronze medal during the 2005 meet here.
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