Call for change: Fans trend #SavePhilippineVolleyball anew as national team woes continue

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With what seemed like another major blunder, the local volleyball community took over online to demand genuine change for the betterment of the ever-struggling national women’s volleyball team.

Reports earlier today confirmed that national team mainstay Jaja Santiago withdrew from the squad due to schedule conflict between the 2019 Southeast Asian Games and the Japanese V.Premiere League.

READ — Jaja Santiago out of SEA Games due to schedule conflict

Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. (LVPI) president Joey Romasanta said Santiago’s club team, Saitama Ageo Medics, didn’t release her clearance to play for the national team in the upcoming regional tournament, which coincides with the Japanese league.

Santiago’s absence will prove detrimental to the squad’s cause, given her strong contributions in past bouts including the 2017 Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship and the 2018 Asian Games.

Her non-inclusion didn’t sit well with fans, who criticized LVPI and its handling of the women’s volleyball program.

With the current crisis surrounding the national team, LVPI has been receiving most of the heat from volleyball supporters, given its role as the national governing body for the sport.

But this isn’t the institution’s first slip-up this year.

Back in February, LVPI decided not to send delegations for this year’s AVC Asian Women’s Club Championship, the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Championship, and the AVC Asian U23 Women’s Championship. The institution reasoned that it wanted to keep the national team away from being scouted by their regional opponents.

The never-ending slip-ups concerning the national team has reached a boiling point as fans and players alike took to Twitter and trended #SavePhilippineVolleyball again, reiterating their call for long-term development and genuine institutional change.

FOX Sports PH has reached out to Santiago for a statement regarding the issue.

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