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Gorayeb reinstated as national coach A.K.A "Ateneo Team"

Discussion in 'Sports' started by PurpleFox, Jul 7, 2015.

  1. The Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas, Inc. is humming to a different tune a week after stripping Roger Gorayeb of his position as head coach of the national women's team.

    LVPI secretary-general Ricky Palou said that they are reinstating Gorayeb as national coach after prior reports surfaced that Ateneo de Manila University coach Tai Bundit will handle the Pinay spikers in the VTV Invitational Women's Volleyball Cup in Vietnam.

    "I've spoken to coach Roger Gorayeb. The coach for this Vietnam tilt is still going to be Roger," said Palou Tuesday morning during the session of the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum at Shakey's Malate.

    "We are maintaining the same coaching staff that we have in the Southeast Asian Games. We want to keep Roger and Tai together so there will be continuity," he added. "We feel that this tournament is too close to the SEA Games so that we can have a continuity with the training program."

    Last week LVPI president Joey Romasanta said that Bundit, who was the team consultant and conditioning coach of the U-23 and SEA Games squads, will replace Gorayeb.

    But with Bundit still in Thailand for vacation, LVPI decided to retain the original coaching staff to immediately prepare the team in the prestigious invitational tourney scheduled to run from July 25 to August 1.

    "I was tasked to form the team in this Vietnam tournament and we're keeping Roger as head coach and Tai as assistant coach. Besides Tai is still in Bangkok, he'll be back on the 12th, so we spoke to Roger to start training the team because if we wait for coach Tai that will be too late," Palou said.

    The composition of the team will be the core of the SEA Games squad led by Alyssa Valdez.

    But the team will be without injured Jia Morado, libero Denden Lazaro and Rachel Anne Daquis.

    Morado will undergo surgery on her left knee and will be out for two or three months. Lazaro is busy with her medical studies while Daquis has a prior schedule of travel to Canada.

    Abigail Marano, Jovelyn Gonzaga and Maika Ortiz have all confirmed their intention to once again don the national colors.
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