May 14, 2021

Sports Legend

No quarantine problem, yes, ready for PH team duty


FILE – Yes, Santiago. Photo by Tristan Tamayo / INQUIRER.net

Jaja Santiago traveled from Cavite province to Subic on Wednesday for the national women’s volleyball team caps.

And even though she tested negative on the swab test, she – along with Chery Tiggo’s teammates Mylène Paat and Eya Laure – chose to hit bullets in bright red personal protective equipment.

No worries for the 6-foot-5 mid-tackle, who is a shoo-in for inclusion after he arrives.

“I’m the best in quarantine,” said Santiago, 25, who helped win the Japanese V-Cup title as an import from Ageo Medic Saitama last month.

Santiago was referring to the quarantine period she had to go through after a flight from Japan; and one that she will need to complete before bubble training with the PH team begins next month.

“No complaints, because I really want to play,” said Santiago, who is pledged to help the country win their first gold at the Southeast Asian Games.

She was one of 16 players to appear in trials conducted by the Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) for the men’s, women’s, indoor and beach events.

PNVF President Ramon “Tats” Suzara said Santiago was assured of a spot on the list, which he described as the “whole new face of Philippine volleyball.”

“She will play for us,” said Suzara de Santiago, who, along with Aby Maraño, was the only veteran of the former national teams as some of the national team’s other regular matches did not show up due to health concerns. and not from a lack of dedication. to the flag and to the country.

The PNVF reportedly plans to send players straight to bubble training in Clark, Pampanga, to prepare for the Hanoi Games in November.

Among those who attended the trials were club players Majoy Baron, Iris Tolenada, Ria Meneses, Dell Palomata and several rising stars and academics.

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