Without three-time MVP Grethcel Soltones, San Sebastian College faces a daunting task of booking a return trip to the finals of the NCAA women’s volleyball tournament which starts on Jan. 4.
Aside from the exit of Soltones, coach Roger Gorayeb will have only 9 players at his disposal which is the league’s required number for a team to compete.
Gorayeb said the departure of his prized player who has consumed her playing years could be a big blow to their bid to advance to the finals for the second straight year.
The SSC belles lost to the Arellano Lady Chiefs last season.
The team, according to Gorayeb, will also be without middle blocker Kath Villegas and veteran Denise Lim.
Like Soltones, Villegas has also graduated, while Lim has migrated to the United States.
Gorayeb said the K-12 program has hurt their recruitment program, but he’s hopeful somebody his present lineup will step up.
“Iniisip ko lang makaraos this year,” said Gorayeb. “One game at a time.”
“Maraming circumstances na nangyari na wala kaming choice, lalo na sa recruitments. Next year pa dadating yung mga recruits ko. Pinagdadasal na lang namin na walang ma-injure sa amin,” said Gorayeb.
Expected to lead SSC this time are Alyssa Eroa, setter Vira May Guillema and spiker Joyce Sta. Rita.
Completing the lineup are Dannah Amponin, Dangie Encarnacio, Nikka Dalisay, Daurence Santos, Julie Anne Tiangco and Rosselle Fulgelco.
“Pinagdadasal na lang namin na walang ma-injured sa amin,” said Gorayeb.
The Lady Stags start their campaign on opening day against the Emilio Aguinaldo College Lady Generals.