View comments MOST READ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games La Salle’s Kim Dy. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas (LVPI) has announced the retirement of top player Rachel Anne Daquis from national team duties after the star withdrew from squad that will compete in the Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia due to personal reasons.La Salle opposite spiker Kim Kiana Dy will replace her in the Philippine squad, which will compete in the SEA Games and Asian Seniors this August.ADVERTISEMENT “The Japan training is very important because we need to focus on floor defense and blocking,” said Suzara.He added that the Southeast Asian Games will most likely be a “political thing,” and the Philippines could be bundled with tough teams Thailand and Vietnam in the group stage.Host Malaysia, according to Suzara, is likely to be grouped with the likes of Brunei and Myanmar to ensure it would make the next stage.Suzara said focus should be on the Asian Championships to be held in Biñan, Laguna. Grouped with Hong Kong and Kazakhstan, the Philippines can easily make the top 8 of the tournament and assure itself of a stint in the Asian Cup next year.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Dela Rosa eyes repeat vs Rodriguez Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Dy will join the team in a two-week Japan training in July, according to LVPI acting president Pete Cayco and Philippine Superliga president Ramon “Tats” Suzara.Sources said the LVPI is also keen on appointing Foton coach Moro Branislav as national training director to oversee the preparation of both the men’s and women’s teams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHowever, LVPI has yet to get the nod of Foton management.Suzara gave a pep talk to the members of the national squad, led by team captain Mika Reyes, Alyssa Valdez, Aby Maraño and Jaja Santiago.