It will be a hard battle for the girls but Western Visayas’ secondary girls volleyball team will try to defend their title as they start their 2024 Palarong Pambansa journey at the University of San Jose Recoletos-Basak Gym in Cebu City.

The Ian Macariola-mentored Bacolod Tay Tung High School was fresh from winning a runner up in the 2024 Shakey’s Girls Volleyball League after losing to UAAP girls volleyball tournament champion Adamson University Lady Baby Falcons in the finals.

Younger compared to last year’s team that won the Palarong Pambansa in Marikina City, the current squad will try to retain their crown as volleyball champions.

“We focused on our training the past few weeks before flying to Cebu. We really turned our focus in the areas where we had a hard time against Adamson,” the coach added.

Representing Western Visayas, the team will be led by team captain Jothea Mae Ramos, Rhose Viane Almendralejo, Brianna Nikola Ang, Camila Amor Bartolome, Mary Antonette Bontia, Dona Mae de Leon. The Thunderbolts will also field Jan Rose Bulak, Czarina Marcella Dosayla, Ana Francessca Hermosura, Ana Ysabelle Hermosura, Joenil Anne Ramos, and Rhea Mae Tomas.

Jothea, who is set to join the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons after the competition, said they are aware that it will be a tough game but they need to double their efforts to win again.IMT Sports