Men’s team in full force

Members of the men’s national volleyball team showed up almost in full force in the second day of the Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) tryouts at the Subic Gym Thursday.

Marck Espejo, the main man of the silver medal-winning team in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, proved that pandemic wouldn’t slow him down as he delivered an inspired performance together with Jessie Lopez, Josh Retamar and 29 others who were split into morning and afternoon sessions.

Forty players were invited to the men’s tryouts with eight begging off, including Bryan Bagunas, who arrived in the country from his stint in the Japan V.League only recently and had to complete a 14-day quarantine.

The women’s volleyball tryouts were staged on Wednesday with the beach volleyball tryouts capping the major PNVF activity on Friday. All participants underwent RT-PCR tests with the players wearing masks all throughout the tryout proceedings.

Long-time national team skipper John Vic de Guzman led the morning session together with teammates Mark Alfafara and Joshua Umandal.

JP Bugaoan, Kim Dayadante, Anthony Ekwenugo, Mark Enciso, Alche Gupiteo, Noel Kampton, Kim Malabunga, Chumson Njigha Jr., Leo Ordiales, Ish Polvorosa, Jian Salarzon and Manuel Sumanguid completed the morning session.

The afternoon session was composed of Rex Intal, Nico Almendras, Leo Aringo, Lloyd Josafat, Joeven dela Vega, Jack Kalingking, Ricky Marcos, Louie Ramirez, Ysay Marasigan, Banjo Mondero, John Mark Ronquillo, Kharyl Parce, Rayver Sison and Francis Saura.

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