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Kahit wala si Alyssa! Mamon describes current Philippine team as “best in the country”

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For national women’s volleyball team head coach Odjie Mamon, the current 25-player pool is “the best in the country” even with the absence of Alyssa Valdez.

Mamon said during Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum on Tuesday that the current pool is the best that they use it for the formation of the future Philippine team competing in the international competitions.

Among the upcoming tournaments for the Philippine team were the Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam and Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship in the Philippines next year.

“I think you have here in this lineup all the best volleyball players in the country,” Mamon said. “We, the coaches, are always trying to do the best for volleyball team. We’re taking the best position until now.”

“There will be no changes with this 25-member lineup,” he added. “Kung may tournament na we need 14 players, it would come from that pool of players.”

Leading the said 25-player pool were veterans Abigail Marano, Dell Palomata, Jaja Santiago, Mary Joy Baron, Mylene Paat, Iris Tolenada, Ria Meneses, Kalei Mau, Kianna Dy, Dawn Macandili, Tin Tiamzon, Rhea Dimaculangan, Dindin Santiago-Manabat, MJ Phillips, Kat Tolentino, Jema Galanza and Deanna Wong.

Also in the roster were collegiate players Eya Laure, Faith Nisperos, Jennifer Nierva, Mhicaela Belen, Ivy Lacsina, Alyssa Solomon, Kamille Cal, Bernadette Pepito and Imee Hernandez.