Work it! Pinay volleybelles in final build up before SEA Games campaign

Mark Escarlote on Jun 05, 2015 04:56 PM
Pinay volleybelles in final SEA Games prep up
National women's volleyball coach Roger Gorayeb talks about their final build up, chances, and expectations in the 28th Southeast Asian Games here.

SINGAPORE --- The Philippine national women’s team went straight to work less than eight hours after they landed in this rich island nation for the 28th Southeast Asian Games here.

Pinay superstar spiker and PHI delegation flag-bearer Alyssa Valdez, head-turner Rachel Anne Daquis and the rest of the women’s crew started training Friday morning after a limited time of rest since arriving in their luxurious Marina Mandarin Hotel around 1:30 a.m. They flew from Manila late Thursday night.

The squad mentored by Roger Gorayeb is booked here early to continue their build up before the start of their campaign on June 10 against 2013 edition’s bronze medalist Indonesia.

Gorayeb said that their game against Indonesia will have a feel of a “championship match” as it will be crucial for the country’s target to finish in the top two and advance in the crossover semifinals where an outright bronze medal is in the offing.

It is the country’s first participation in the biennial meet since 2005.

The Filipinas will take on Malaysia on the 11th before closing their group stage campaign against the Myanmar SEA Games silver medalist Vietnam on June 13.

The PHI team also scheduled a tune up game Saturday against the national team of Singapore, which is bracketed with defending champion Thailand and Myanmar.

Valdez and the rest of the team will be marching in the traditional parade of nations in the opening ceremony scheduled Friday night at the iconic 55,000-seater National Stadium inside the Singapore Sports Hub.

Watch the full interview of Gorayeb here:


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