With the month of July already in the books, August promises high-caliber volleyball scenes as well as it will feature stories of collegiate pride and national glory.
Unlike last month where aficionados are well-fed by the recently concluded Premier Volleyball League Reinforced and Philippine Superliga Invitationals Cup, there will be a quiet semi-pro action as only one conference will be rolling to give way to Asian tournaments.
Nevertheless, the new month still brings a lot of promise.
To give you a preview of what August has to offer, FOX Sports PH listed some of the things to look forward to this month:
1. NT’s training in Japan
As part of their preparation for the Asian Games 2018, the Philippine national women’s volleyball team is set to undergo an intensive training in Japan from August 5-16 in a bid to learn from one of the world’s giants.
As of posting time, the names of the players who will officially join the 11-day training camp are yet to be known as some of them expressed uncertainty on the matter.
The national team, then mentored by Francis Vicente, also had had a training in Japan last year as preparation for the 2017 SEA Games.
2. NT to participate in major tourney
After decades of non-participation in the women’s volleyball division, the national team is billed to make a comeback when the Asian Games 2018 rolls out from August 18 to September 2 in Indonesia.
Tough volleyball action awaits them as they were grouped with Japan, Thailand, Hongkong and Indonesia in Pool A.
The Aby Maraño-led squad will open its campaign against Japan on August 19 before clashing with Southeast Asian heavyweight Thailand on August 21.
Philippines will lock horns with Hongkong on August 23, before ending their elimination round on August 25 against Indonesia.
3. Collegiate action continues in PVL
Almost two weeks since its opening, the Premiere Volleyball League Collegiate Conference 2018 continues in search of a new champion between some of the countries top collegiate teams.
The University of Sto. Tomas Golden Tigresses currently sits at the top of the standing as they remain unbeaten in three games in as many outings.
Behind the Tigresses by a slim one-point margin are the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws touting with an identical 3-0 slate, followed by Adamson Lady Falcons with 2-0 card.
Unless changes are made, the elimination round will run until August 26.
4. Possible club reveal for Santiago
After years of shunning offers from international teams, Jaja Santiago flew to Japan in late May to look or a club. It was since then reported that Santiago’s hunt was successful.
Several reports have confirmed that Santiago is indeed suiting up for one of the clubs playing in Japan V. League although no official statement on the name of the club is yet to be released.
Depending on the rules set by the club, the 6-foot-five gem of a spiker may or may not finally reveal this month the name of the Japanese club she is set to play for.
(Photo Courtesy of Philippine Superliga)