Barely three days from now, the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia will open its curtains for the quadrennial meet.
As we all know by now, the Philippines fielded in a roster for the women’s volleyball after an almost 36 years of dormancy from joining this high-caliber tournament.
Bannered by equally-abled local volleybelles, the Filipinas are looking to crack a podium finish, but the mountains are too high to climb as the Philippines is pooled with strong teams like Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, and Hong Kong.
Skipper Aby Marano previously said in an interview that the team is looking forward to learn from the opponents and the tournament as well as they are very much excited to facing Thailand and Japan.
For her, in this way they would know where the Philippines stands in the international arena when it comes to volleyball caliber.
Before the tournament finally ticks off, let us look at the rosters of the teams our volleybelles are going to face.
The Philippine team will test its mettle as they are set to face Thailand in their debut game in the Asian Games.
This is a rough litmus test as the line-up of Thailand is loaded with experienced and strong players. The likes of veterans Nootsara Tomkom, Wilavan Apinyapong, Malika Kanthong, Onuma Sittirak, Pleumjit Thinkawo will surely be a force to be reckoned with.
Known for their fast-paced plays and on-point in-game adjustments, the Thai team will surely be the favorites coming into this game.
But who knows, we might just score a big upset.
Japan is arguably one of the best teams the Asian continent has produced. With discipline and speed as its main core, the Japan-type of volleyball is surely a beauty to behold.
Composed of several national team mainstays like Erika Shinomiya, Kotoe Inoue, Mako Kobata, and Miyu Nagaoka, Japan is going to be one of the teams to beat in this pool.
Their impeccable system and disciplined players are hard to beat especially that the Philippine-type of volleyball is still at its developing stage.
The Hong Kong national team is a mixture of young and veteran players.
Despite this, the Philippines should not take them very lightly as they are also capable of scoring upsets.
And we don’t want that to happen against our Pinay volleybelles. The PH volleybelles will face them two days after its Japan match.
Host Indonesia is the last team the country will face in the pool.
The team will heavily rely on the all-around play and heroics of the team’s heart and soul, Aprilia Manganang.
It can be recalled that when Manganang played in the AVC Championship held in the Philippines two years ago, the Filipinos are awe-struck and at the same time terrified with the strength she possesses.
The home court advantage and fan base, of course, will also play a big factor during this game.
It’s a tough battle for our PH volleybelles, but there’s no mountain too high for a determined soul.