In an ongoing effort to improve and hopefully make a better finish for the Shakey’s V-League Season 4 Conference 2, the Ateneo Women’s Volleyball Team went all the way to Thailand for a training stint. Because of the immense popularity of the V-League, it seems that our college teams nowadays are training harder and harder. But what about the UAAP?
Thailand is one of the strongest countries when it comes to Asian women’s volleyball. They’re one of the top contenders in the biennial SEA Games. Other than experiencing world-class volleyball training over in Thailand, the Lady Eagles brought with them a Thai import to play in the V-League. Lithawat Kesinee is a 26 year-old standout who played in the SEA Games and is also a member of RBAC, a top volleyball club in Thailand.
Other Thai Players in the V-League
Dreaded with a series of unfortunate injuries, Kanchana Jindarat no longer plays for Ateneo. On the green side, another Thai superstar Sanorseang Areerat will no longer play for De La Salle. The 1st Conference MVP Jaroensri Bualee, also a Thai, will still be playing for the Lady Stags. I’ve seen her play during the Finals against UST and damn, she’s really a class of her own. So you see, Thai players are all over the V-League. Any other Thai players I missed?
Because of their exposure to (supposedly) top-notch training in Thailand, people are expecting more from Ateneo in this 2nd V-League conference. Not sure whether this is good or bad for them. To add up to the hype, fans are eager to see how their Thai player Lithawat Kesinee will perform. Surely, she will be another star to watch out for. But will all these be enough for Ateneo to finally get a taste of their first Shakey’s V-League championship this time around? Or are the Lady Eagles becoming too pathetic? It seems that some V-League fans are somewhat dismayed with teams acquiring foreign imports instead of going all-star-local. So what do you think?
UST Coach Santa Maria said, “Ateneo is one of the teams to beat because theyâ€™ve trained in Thailand and Iâ€™ve heard theyâ€™ll be getting a strong Thai import.” But surely, the defending title holders have nothing to worry as their team remains strong and solid. With top local veterans like Mary Jean Balse, Venus Bernal, and their guest player Suzanne Roces, the UST Tigers is a force to reckon with.
Ateneo vs. UST on October 21 (Sunday), 3PM
It’s the Lady Eagles against UST this coming Sunday. UST have already proven that they are still the champs after defeating De La Salle in 3 sets during their opening game last week. This coming Sunday, it will be Ateneo’s first chance to prove themselves. Without the services of Michelle Laborte (who now plays the role of Assistant Coach) and Charo Soriano due to injury, the Eagles will be needing all the help they can get from the rest of the team and their Thai guest player. All games are held at the San Juan Arena.
NOTE: All photos in this post courtesy of Coach Sherwin Malonzo.