MANILA, Philippines – Thailand is gearing up for a tough challenge in Week 2 of the Volleyball Nations League (VNL) starting next Tuesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The 15-time Southeast Asian Games medalist has strengthened her preparations for the World Expedition through a two-hour training session at PhilSports Arena.
Thailand, which is missing the services of its middle blocker Thadao Nuekjang, will play Canada to start VNL Week 2 on Tuesday, where Japan will face Poland.
Tokyo Olympic gold medalist and defending VNL champion United States, China, Bulgaria and Belgium are also competing in the event.
The Thais, who arrived last Tuesday, battled the Philippine women’s volleyball team in an international friendly match at the San Juan Arena on Saturday.
The side event, called the Philippine National Volleyball Federation International Challenge, is scheduled for 6 p.m.
The team, led by Chachu-on-Moksari, is ready to take on Alyssa Valdez, Mylin Pott and Abby Marano anew after their clash at the 31st SEA Games last month.
Thailand defeated the Philippines 25-15, 25-13, 25-14 in Hanoi, Vietnam and won the entire tournament for gold in another SEA Games.
Premier Volleyball League Open Conference MVP Tots Carlos and Aduk Ogunsanya have been invited to play in the national team Cath Plot.
Middle blocker Jaza Santiago will not attend the event as he is already in Japan. Signals’ Ces Molina and Rhea Menezes, who played in the biennial meeting, were also not part of the list.
The Thais have won three of their first four games in Week 1 of VNL in Ankara, Turkey.
The Philippine women’s volleyball team will also face Japan, who won the first four VNL matches in Shreveport, USA and Bosier City in an exhibition match on Sunday.
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