Philippine Volleyball : The Glamour Sport of the Philippines

Philippine Volleyball Women’s lots of Hype, but risks coming 4th at SEA Games

In the 2019 SEA Games, there will be 5 Women’s Volleyball teams.
Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, and the host Volleyball Philippines Women’s Team and Singapore.
Despite the media hype, the Volleyball Philippines is lowly-ranked in the FIVB ranking for women’s volleyball.
The Volleyball Philippines is ranked 117, the lowest possible ranking.
What this clearly shows is the lack of vision and competence of volleyball sports leaders.
Despite the numerous local leagues televised, the country is still ranked so low according to world standards.
Clearly, volleyball here is only for entertainment and business purposes.

On the current world rankings (FIVB Site September 2018 updated), Thailand is ranked 14th, Vietnam 37th, and Indonesia is unranked, with the Philippines at 117th as both have not played enough games to be ranked. 

So let’s now look at the 2017 SEA Games results. Thailand got Gold, Indonesia got Silver, and Vietnam got bronze. Presuming Indonesia was ahead of Vietnam (ranked 37th currently), that must mean Indonesia ranks at least 36th in the world.

And yet, despite all the hype and being the host, Volleyball Philippines is at high risk of placing 4th and dead last out of the 4 countries in Women’s Volleyball. 

A simple question to ask has the Philippines beaten the Top 3 from 2017 SEA Games in any games since the last SEA Games in 2017.

Unlike in some other sports such as Combat Sports, only the 3rd placer will get the Bronze. No #3 and #4. 

So back to the question, let’s look at Events Volleyball Philippines has joined.

Through some clever arm twisting, Women’s Volleyball Philippines was allowed to join the 2018 Asian Games. 

Where they finished 8th of 11 teams but behind the Big three Thailand (2nd), Vietnam (6th), and Indonesia (7th).

At the 2018 Asian Games, Volleyball Philippines only won 1 game and lost 6 in the pool matches. Thailand and Vietnam won 6 of 7 games in the pool matches, and Indonesia won 3 games in the pool matches.

At Asian Games, the Philippines lost 3 straight sets to Thailand and 3-1 to Indonesia.

At the Asian Women’s Championships in 2019. Thailand finished 2nd and Indonesia 7th. Vietnam and the Philippines did not qualify.

As per the recent posts of the PSC, it is, in fact, better if the Philippines will focus its resources on individual sports rather than Team Sports.

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PVL2 Open Conference Ateneo vs. Adamson (10-14-2018). Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler Volleyball Philippines

UAAP Women’s Volleyball Philippines Lady Eagles frustrate Falcons, gain solo second

Ateneo outlasts Adamson in a five-set thriller to firm up its bid in the Premier Volleyball Philippines League.

MANILA, Philippines – In a duel of top schools bracing for the UAAP volley wars, Ateneo-Motolite kept its poise in the clutch and subdued Adamson-Akari, 17-25, 25-23, 25-20, 21-25, 15-12, to firm up its bid in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan on Sunday, October 14.

Kat Tolentino put in a 28-hit game – including key hits in the early going of the 5th where the Lady Eagles took control, 4-0 and 9-4 – and a late kill that helped cushion the impact of the Lady Falcons’ spirited comeback and put them at match point, 14-12.

The volleyball game between Thailand and Volleyball Philippines in the Asian Games is set today at 1:30 pm.

That is the SEA Games Gold Medalists. Not the #1 in Asia. Win or lose, this game is expected to be a Media Buffet for Philippine Sports Writers. With the controversial last-minute inclusion of a team that did not win a medal at the last SEA Games.

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Philippines Women’s Volleyball Coach Shaq on Thai spikers: ‘They’re the gold standard.’

JAKARTA, Indonesia – The Philippines returns to Asian Games volleyball action on Sunday, August 19, against a familiar foe that tormented many a national team in the past –Thailand.

The Philippines-Thailand match is set at the Bulungan Sports Hall inside the sprawling main hub of competitions of the 18th edition of the Games, the Gelora Bung Karno complex.

Game time is set at 12:30 p.m. (1:30 p.m. in Manila), with the Philippines hunting for a massive victory over the Thais, the most powerful volleyball team in the Southeast Asian region.

So dominating are the Thais that the last time a Philippine team beat them was in 1993 in the gold-medal match of the Singapore SEA Games.

But Philippine volleyball was never the same again after that while the Thais frolicked with 11 straight Southeast Asian Games crown.

It was only in 2005 when the Philippines made a dent of sorts by claiming bronze in the country’s 2005 SEA Games. However, that was the last time a national women’s team was sent to the biennial regional games.

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As gold hunt begins, spotlight falls on women’s volleyball

Asian Games 2018: China’s injured Zhang Changning told to leave the women’s volleyball squad on the eve of departure to Jakarta

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The 23-year-old returns to Nanjing by high-speed train and told to prepare for September’s world championship after sustaining a knee injury for Jakarta

Chinese Players Lose Big Weight in Pre-Asian Games Training Camp

Zhang Changning Sent Home from Asian Games to Continue Knee Rehab

Zhang Changning Sent Home from Asian Games to Continue Knee Rehab

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2018/08/17 21:08

By Yoo Jee-ho

(Asian Games) Volleyball star not yet ready for Asiad swansong

JAKARTA, Aug. 17 (Yonhap) — Before arriving in Jakarta for her fourth Asian Games, South Korean volleyball star Kim Yeon-koung didn’t think there would be anything new exciting about the competition. The 30-year-old had seen it all and done it all.

But on Friday, a day after landing in one of the 2018 Asian Games’ host cities, Kim admitted she was wrong.

“It’s exciting to be around my teammates and players from other countries,” Kim said after the national team’s first practice in Jakarta at GBK Sports Complex. “Physically, I am getting better and better. I am really looking forward to this.”

In this file photo from July 10, 2018, South Korean volleyball player Kim Yeon-koung warms up for practice at the Jincheon National Training Center in Jincheon, 90 kilometers south of Seoul. (Yonhap)

In this file photo from July 10, 2018, South Korean volleyball player Kim Yeon-koung warms up for practice at the Jincheon National Training Center in Jincheon, 90 kilometers south of Seoul. (Yonhap)

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Asian Games 2018: PH spikers relish a return


JAKARTA — For the first time in 36 years, the Philippine women’s volleyball team will finally see action in the 18th Asian Games.

The Nationals formally landed at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport around noon Friday and immediately checked in at the Athletes Village at the Kemayoran area.

They will skip the opening-day parade to train in preparation for a blockbuster match against regional rival Thailand on Sunday.

“That’s the consensus of the team,” said Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. president Peter Cayco before sending off the Nationals to this prestigious 45-nation tournament.

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The Philippine women’s volleyball team posed for a photo before they departed for Indonesia for the 2018 Asian Games on August 17, 2018. Julio Gabriel Sampedro/ESPN5

Delos Santos says PH volleyball squad ’60 percent ready’ for Asiad.

Fresh from a fruitful training camp in Japan, the Philippine women’s volleyball team is all set to represent the country in the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia.

The team arrived in Manila late Thursday evening and immediately flew to Jakarta Friday morning for the Philippines’ first volleyball stint in the quadrennial meet in 36 years.

National coach Shaq Delos Santos shared the improvements he saw from his players after undergoing rigorous training in Okayama, Japan.

“We learned a lot, especially their fast-paced style of play. Japanese volleyball is really different,” Delos Santos said. “We’re happy because the team really wanted to learn and adopt what’s in Japan. Hopefully, we can return there so we can improve more.”

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Weary PH spikers hit the ground running upon arrival in Jakarta.

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The Asian Games agony of Philippine women’s national team

Sunday, 05 Aug 2018 
Lawrence Fernandez

The 2018 edition in Jakarta will only be the fifth time the Philippine women’s volleyball team will spike for success in the Asian Games. While our squad is facing a tall order in squeaking past Thailand (W), Japan (W), Hong Kong (W), and host Indonesia (W) during the group stage, a glimpse of their past performances reveal more heartbreak than success.

Good Historical article of Volleyball at Asian Games

Also, call for support and several other very good articles by Lawrence.

Volleyball Philippines has been approved to be sent for the Asian Games.

However, it will help self-fund as the PSC stood firm on only supporting legitimate qualifiers.

Volleyball has more than enough funds to pay its own way; there seem to be no issues. This is the first time in 36 years the Philippines has fielded a Women’s Basketball Team to the Asian Games.

Volleyball officials should be aiming for a good result, not just we don’t expect to win as they have a lot to prove regarding Volleyballs’s inclusion at the Asian Games. As the total team slots were limited due to Indonesia having an Olympic village, the Philippine contingent’s total capacity had a limit. As highlighted on Pinoyexchange Forum.

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The 14 Girl Lineup will be composed of. 14 Players, and 3 Coaches Below on Right.



Even without government support, the top-rated Philippine national women’s volleyball team will still see action in the 18th Asian Games.

Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. (LVPI) vice president Peter Cayco yesterday reiterated his all-out support to the team, saying that the Asian Games is a major part of its program in its quest for glory in the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games next year.

Cayco said if the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) refuses to finance its participation, they would have no choice but to look for private funding so that their participation and the entire program would not be hampered.

Bannered by the brightest volleyball stars of this generation in Aby Marano, Jaja Santiago, Mika Reyes, and Alyssa Valdez, hopes are high on the women’s squad after announcing that it would make an appearance in the prestigious quadrennial conclave after a 36-year absence.

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Volleyball Training

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For a more detailed Guide on Training Methods

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Jaja Santiago

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Outside Kuala Lumpur, in Manila, The Philippines lost to Kazakhstan for the second time in the tournament to clinch the 8th position at the 19th Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship. The score being 20-25, 16-25, 25-21, 25-21, 3-15. Jaja Santiago paced the national team with 18 points on 14 attacks and 3  locks.

Alyssa Valdez and Jovelyn Gonzaga joined her in double digits 11 and 10, respectively, while Ces Molina had 7.

Yekaterina Zhdanova produced a game-high 24 markers on 19 spikes and 5 block shots for Kazakhstan.

Katerina Tatko added 15, while Radmila Beresneva and Alla Bogdashkina both pitched in 14.

Despite failing to advance further in the semifinals, the Philippine team has already surpassed its 12th place finish back in the 2015 edition of the Asian Seniors while qualifying for the Asian Volleyball Cup in 2018, a first for the country. The country also finished 12th in the same tourney when it was played 4 years ago in Thailand.

The Philippines will lineup at the SEA Games next, which will start on August 23 for the Women.


Kazakhstan (3): Zhdanova 24, Tatko 15, Bogdashkina 14, Beresneva 14, Akilova 5, Safronova 3, Petrenko 2, Kenzhebayeva 1

Philippines (2): Santiago 18, Valdez 11, Gonzaga 10, Molina 7, Pontillas 5, Fajardo 5, Dy 3, Marano 2, Reyes 2, Ortiz 2.


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Back in Manila at  the 2017 Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship hosts

The Philippines lost to Chinese Taipei and now will face Kazakhstan, who they lost to earlier in the competition, for 7-8 places.

Officials of the Government will decide after a meeting with Peping Cojuangco whether the Philippines will push through with the 2019 SEA.

Games or not.

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Mar 21, 2017

Article from:

This is not my write up.

The presentation of the national pool proved to be a big disaster for Larong

Volleyball sa Pilipinas Incorporated (LVPI). What was originally seen as a

shining moment for LVPI turned? Into a big nightmare as head coaches of the national pool were caught issuing false statements. Ateneo players spoke to disprove what head coaches Vicente and Acaylar said in a forum attended by sportswriters. Thus, the head coaches’ statements were revealed to be false to volleyball fans and the general public.

The false statements they conveniently issued should force Vicente and

Acaylar to consider resigning from their posts. Their resignations are for the following reasons :

1. There was malicious intent to put the Ateneo players in a bad light. Vicente and Acaylar give the impression that Ateneo players did not bother to respond to the invitation to serve the country through the national pool and eventually the national team.

Likewise, the statements portray two of the Ateneo players as lacking in skills, making them unworthy of slots in the national pool.

2. Coaches Vicente and Acaylar desecrated the sanctity of the national team’s institution and that of being a national player. Their attempt to show that the players were properly and strictly screened, they resorted to making false statements. The two coaches cheapened the national pool and its players with their careless and inaccurate statements.

3. Coaches Vicente and Acaylar have lost the moral ascendancy to coach the team with the loss of trust that their statements generated.

4. The public apology issued by LVPI is not enough to erase the stigma created by the two coaches’ statements on the national pool. In fact, the public apology only added

insult to injury as it reduced the huge mistake into a mere “clerical” error. Heads must clearly roll.

Resignations must not only be confined to Vicente and Acaylar.

It is in the best interest of Philippine volleyball that Cayco, Romasanta, and Suzara tender their resignations from LVPI. After all, the three sports officials never said a word as the two coaches issued those false statements in their presence and front of a crowd.

Cayco, Romasanta, and Suzara all just went along with the charade as it was happening in front of their faces.

Sadly, they all played along with the mockery that was taking place in what should have been a presentation of the best in Philippine volleyball.

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Richard Gomez qualifies for Volleyball Philippines National Pool at age 48.

Feb 3, 2014

Richard Gomez playing for MYSMART-PLDT Team.
Richard Gomez playing for MY SMART-PLDT Team.


48-year-old actor Richard Gomez, the SEA Games 2005 Gold Medallist in Fencing, was included in the Volleyball Philippines National Pool. Gomez, who started recently playing last year for MYDSL-PLDT Team Francis Vicente, recently named head coach, added Gomez to his squad. Besides, Francis Vicente is the former head coach of the National University Lady Bulldogs. Quite a diverse pool on the distaff age side with 16-year-old Ateneo spiker Mark Espejo making his debut.

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Francis Vicente newly named coach of the Volleyball Philippines team.

From this list trimmed down from nearly a hundred invited to tryouts over the last few months, many big names have been cut, and it appears the coaching staff had quite a few sleepless nights in determining the final thirty members. So below is the total list of national athletes included in the team.

  1. Alnakran Abdilla 6’2” O-PAF
  2. Geuel Asia 5’10” S-DLSU
  3. Red Christensen 6’2” U-DLSU
  4. Dexter Clamor 5’10” S-UPHSD/Systema
  5. Jan Paul Doloiras 5’5” L-UST/PLDT MyDSL
  6. Marck Espejo 6’2” O-AdMU
  7. Ian Fernandez 5’11” S-UST/Giligan’s
  8. Kheeno Franco 6’1” M-EARIST/PLDT MyDSL
  9. Reyson Fuentes 6’4” S-NU
  10. Ron Jay Galang 6’2” O-AdU/PLDT MyDSL
  11. Richard Gomez 6’2” O-PUP/PLDT MyDSL
  12. Rocky Honrade 6’4” M-SBC/Systema
  13. Rhenze Hu 5’7” L-CSB/Systema
  14. Rodolfo Labrador 6’1” M-FEU/PAF
  15. Gilbert Longavela 5’8” L-AdU/PLDT MyDSL
  16. Jessie Lopez 5’9” S-FEU/PAF
  17. Dominico Lucindo 6’0” O-UP
  18. Jeffrey Malabanan 6’1” U-RTU/PAF
  19. Ace Mandani 6’2” M-UE
  20. Vincent Mangulabnan 5’8” S-NU
  21. Howard Mojica 6’0” O-EAC
  22. Raffy Mosuelo 5’6” L-PAF
  23. Jan Berlin Paglinawan 6’2” U-NU
  24. Samuel Paquiz 6’4” U-UP
  25. AJ Pareja 6’4” M-AdMU/Systema
  26. Henry Pecaña 6’0” U-UST/PLDT MyDSL
  27. Jayson Ramos 6’3” M-UST/PLDT MyDSL
  28. Julius Sioson 5’8” L-UST/Giligan’s
  29. JP Torres 6’4” O-UST/Giligan’s
  30. Peter Den Mar Torres 6’3” M-NU


Attached in PDF Form is a Report by Fil-Canadian Coach Raphael Lloren

This paper analyses the Philippine National Women’s Volleyball team’s performance fielded in the 2013 Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship held in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand from September 13-21, 2013.

The match being analyzed in this paper is the Philippines vs. China match held on the 15th of September 2013.

This paper intends to quantitatively compare the performance of the Volleyball Philippines National Team Program with that of a program that consistently competes in the top 16 in the world and serves as a benchmark for future performances.

PHI vs. CHN 15-09-13


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