Philippines’ Women’s Volleyball Team all set for ASEAN Grand Prix

Philippines' Women's Volleyball Team  ASEAN Grand Prix
The Philippine Women’s Volleyball Team travels to Thailand to play in the 2022 ASEAN Grand Prix starting September 9. Photo from Mark Caron Instagram.

The Philippine Women’s National Volleyball Team (PWVT) has set off for Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, to play in the first leg of the 2022 ASEAN Grand Prix which starts on September 9.

The PWVT is ready to continue representing the country following the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) champion Creamline Cool Smashers-powered national team’s contribution to the Philippines’ best-ever finish at the Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) Cup for Women last August.

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The Philippine Team had a two-day break after the AVC Cup before they resumed training for the ASEAN Grand Prix.

PH WVT coach Sherwin Meneses said in the PVL report of the post game interview after their last AVC Cup match, “Yes ‘yun ‘yung sabi ng management sa amin maglalaro kami sa ASEAN Grand Prix. We have two days break then balik na kami sa ensayo.”

[“Yes, that’s what the management told us, we will play in the ASEAN Grand Prix. We have two days break then we’re back to practice”]

He added, “Hopefully madala namin ‘yung exposure dito going to Thailand.” [“Hopefully we can bring the exposure here going to Thailand,”]

The Philippines Women’s Volleyball team will again compete against Thailand and Vietnam, the countries that defeated the national squad in the AVC Cup where they finished in 6th rank. The Philippines will also meet its other SEA Games rival, Indonesia.

Creamline MVP Tots Carlos said in a Play It Right TV interview, “We cannot promise you anything, but what’s for sure is that we will give our best; We will bring kung ano yung natutunan namin in our games against Vietnam and Thailand.”

[“We cannot promise you anything, but what’s for sure is that we will give our best; We will bring what we learned in our games against Vietnam and Thailand.”]

She added, “I think we will do better and we will really give our best this coming Grand Prix.”

Meneses also stated that creating a cohesive national team requires familiarity and chemistry. “When we get the best of the best players, chemistry will follow sa training,” he said.

[“When we get the best of the best players, chemistry will follow in training.”]

He added, “Sa pagsimula ng national program, support kami ng Creamline sa PNVF kung sino man piliin na players ni coach Jorge.”

[“At the start of the national program, Creamline and I supported the PNVF whoever coach Jorge chooses as players.”]

With the return of middle blocker Risa Sato and team captain Alyssa Valdez to the team at the ASEAN Grand Prix after missing the AVC Cup because of dengue, the PVL championship roster will be complete.

In the inaugural season of the ASEAN Grand Prix in 2019, the Philippines won the Bronze medal in the first and second legs. During that time, Jia Morado-De Guzman and Alyssa Valdez were both part of the line up that played for the country in games hosted by Thailand and the Philippines.

The two players will reunite with their entire Creamline Cool Smashers professional team to play for the national team at the ASEAN Grand Prix.

Conditioning coach Mark Caron captioned his recent IG story with: “She’s Back!” showing a video of Valdez training at the PhilSports Arena and laughingly saying, “It’s our first break, and Alyssa is dying.”

The 2022 ASEAN Grand Prix will be held from September 9 to 11 in Thailand. The Philippines will face the host country in its first match.

Here is the complete games schedule for the Philippines in the 2022 ASEAN Grand Prix:

  • September 9 (Friday) 7 PM: Thailand vs Philippines
  • September 10 (Saturday) 4 PM: Vietnam vs Philippines
  • September 11 (Sunday) 4 PM: Philippines vs Indonesia

WATCH the games and SEND CHEERS in the comments below to the Philippines’ Women’s Volleyball Team as they play in the ASEAN Grand Prix in Thailand!

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