Volley execs divided over revamp

For Tonyboy Liao, the national men’s and women’s volleyball squads are still intact – at least for now.,In a telephone conversation with Daily Tribune, Liao stressed that they have yet to come up with a final verdict on national squads that suffered a massive flop in the 31st Southeast Asian Games.,Liao, the Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) national team commission chairperson, said their president, Ramon “Tats” Suzara, must be finding some excuses when he publicly announced the looming revamp and blamed the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) players for the dismal performance in the recent biennial meet in Hanoi.,Liao said all major decisions concerning the national squads will not be a unitary decision and must through the PNVF board of trustees.,“He (Suzara) might have said it because of the performance. He still needs to present it to the (PNVF) board before any revamp takes place,” said Liao, reacting to a report that Suzara will be revamping the national squads starting 1 June.,Liao also regrets Suzara’s statement that PVL players – not the coaches – are liable for the setbacks.,“He has his opinions,” he said, adding that he is aware of the report in which Suzara hit the PVL players who played and competed for the national squad.,“Maybe he is just finding reasons why the teams lost and when he said that the coaches had nothing to do with it. We’ll see because we will have our board meeting.”,In particular, hopes were high on the national women’s volleyball team.,After a sluggish performance in the previous biennial meet, the PNVF groomed the squad for a golden finish and showered it with all the support, including the hiring of a Brazilian coach and major foreign training in the Brazil.,But hopes turned into frustration as the squad suffered three straight losses to Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam to be booted out of the gold-medal match.,The Nationals had a chance to salvage their pride by ending a 17-year medal drought, but the Indonesians denied them of that honor by pulling off a masterful four-set conquest in the classification for third and fourth places.,Suzara aired his frustration by saying that the PVL players should be blamed for the setback.,“The problems are the PVL players, not the coaches,” Suzara said in a report.,“We will have a revamp in men and women players by 1 June.”,But Liao reminded Suzara to step on the break because there is a process that has to be followed.,“The NTC (national team commission) will meet, especially with coach Odjie Mamon attending and team managers Mike Verano and Fe Mejia-Moran giving their reports on the men’s and women’s teams, respectively,” Liao said.,“They will make their reports and we will tackle it during the meeting and present it to the board for the decision.”