The Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas Inc. (LVPI) formally faced the frontrunners in the derby for the national coaching post in the 29th Southeast Asian Games.
And its officials like what they heard from them.
LVPI acting president Peter Cayco listened to the plans and program of Francis Vicente and Sammy Acaylar who gamely shared their views in anticipation of their appointment as head coach of the national squad.
Cayco said he liked what he heard and would recomend his decision to the LVPI board of trustees, which would make the announcement on Friday.
Vicente, coach of Generika in the Philippine Superliga and University of the East in the University Athletic Association, is being tipped as having an inside track to the job after guiding the national under-19 team to an impressive finish in an Asian tourney last year.
He also used to mentor of stars Alyssa Valdez, Kim Fajardo, Myla Pablo and Jaja Santiago.
But Acaylar could also be a good pick, says some LVPI officials who are torn between the two.
The former Cignal coach, who was part of the coaching staff when the country last won the gold medal in the SEA Games in 1993, called the shots for the Nationals in the AVC Asian Women's Seniors Championship in 2015.
He also presented a solid program that would start with a nationwide tryout in Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao, where the country's best and tallest players would be tapped to join the 16-woman pool.
"Both of them presented very good programs. We're quite satisfied with what we heard," said Cayco.
Cayco reiterated that their major criteria is the coach's commitment, something which they saw in both Vicente and Acaylar.
Vicente, in fact, is willing to delegate his role to his assistant coaches in Generika while Acaylar already stepped down from Cignal, giving him a lot of time to run the program as soon as the collegiate season is over.
"They are both committed," Cayco said. "However, it's now up to the LVPI board to decide. We've done our part. The ball is now on their court."