Saturday, August 29, 2009
Philippine Women's Volleyball Team Showed their Skills in Butuan
#5 Mary Jean Balse
#16 Michelle Pauline Datuin, #11 Rhea Saet, #14 Cindy Velasquez, #15 Suzanne Roces-crowds favorite, #4 Marietta Carolina
#3 Danielle Michico Castaneda the fairest of them all, also crowd's favorite
RP Women's Volleyball Team with Head Coach Thelma Rojas getting some pointers, while Assistant Coach Normal Miguel looks on
Visayas-Mindanao Gay Selection team planning their strategy
It was truly a great night of volleyball as people watched and cheered a great game between Philippine Women’s National Volleyball Team and Visayas-Mindanao Gay Selection sponsored by Butuan City Volleyball Association at FSUU Gym on August 27, 2009.
The game lasted a gruelling almost three hours close fight tying several times rendering a deciding set race to 15 score.
RP Women’s National Volleyball Team won the game scoring 3-2 in 5 sets with a tight score of 15-13 against their opponent during the deciding set.
A day before the exhibition game in Butuan, both teams had a match in San Agustin, Surigao del Sur garnering a score of 3-1 favouring the RP Women’s National Volleyball Team.
RP Women’s National Volleyball team’s Head Coach is Thelma Barina-Rojas the former SEA Games best spiker and Most Valuable Player and 1993 Southeast Asian Games gold medalist in Singapore. The Assistant Coach of the team is Norman Miguel from UST, Las Piñas.
“We are thankful that an invitation game was extended to us to play in San Agustin, Surigao del Sur and Butuan, we need this for our practice as part of the girls rigorous training in our preparation for the 25th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games slated on December 2009 in Vientiane, Laos,” said Head Coach Thelma Barina-Rojas.
The national team who played in Butuan and San Agustin is composed of Mary Jean Balse, Danielle Michiko Castañeda, Dahlia Cruz, Rubie de Leon, Rhea Dimaculangan Saet, Suzanne Roces, Cindy Velasquez, Patricia Torres (Team Captain), Ivy Elaine Remulla, Michelle Pauline Datuin, and Marietta Carolino.
The last time Philippines participated in indoor volleyball was in 2005 Manila Games. It was only in 2009 that a women volleyball team was reorganized after 4 years of being dormant due to the retirement of veteran players.
Head Coach Rojas said, Thailand is still the strength to reckon with because they have years of preparation and have competed in some of the world’s prestigious tournaments.
Rojas is optimistic the team can grab a medal for the Philippines in the SEA Games.
Butuan City Volleyball Association President Arnold Razon meanwhile urged the youth of today’s generation to join their team and be active in volleyball.
Butuan has yet to organize a strong team to be able to compete in Mindanao wide competition after creating a new set of athletes solely for Butuan instead of continuing to be members of Northern Mindanao Volleyball Team, to represent Caraga Region.