Please keep the team intact --- Alyssa Valdez
Mark Escarlote on Jun 13, 2015 05:44 PM
Sana ito na talaga ang start kasi siyempre yung mga ibang teams na nakakalaban natin hindi rin naman sila yung team na pupunta ng tournament and then pagbalik nila sa country nila madi-disband sila -- Alyssa Valdez
SINGAPORE --- If head coach Roger Gorayeb could have it his way, he wants to keep the team intact and play more international tournaments after their stint in the 28th Southeast Asian Games.
The national women’s volleyball team fell short in the race for a semifinals spot Saturday but the squad, composed of the country’s finest players, showed potential and could improve into a caliber team if given enough international exposure.
“Itong mga bata sinasabi namin na ilabas na namin ng ilabas. Hayaan mong gulpihin ng gulpihin para mae-expose ng mabuti at nasasanay sila (sa international competition),” said Gorayeb, moments after the PHI team bowed down to Vietnam 16-25, 20-25, 23-25, to close the group stage at the OCBC Aena Hall 2 here.
The team only had less than a month of training before marching into battle – PHI’s first since 2005 – but still gave their tormentors 2013 Myanmar bronze medal winners Indonesia and Vietnam, runner up of the biennial meet two years ago, a good fight.
After dropping their first game against Indonesia in straight sets the Pinay volleybelles swept Malaysia.
Gorayeb said that if they can get enough financial backing to train and compete in the international level, duplicating the SEA Games gold medal last won by the PHI in the 1993 Singapore edition is not impossible.
“Kasi yong ibang bansa matagal nang gumagastos. Buti pa yong collegiate team, taon kung mag-prepare. Di na tayong puwedeng mamuhunan ng singko, tamang barko,” he said.
Even local star Alyssa Valdez believes that the Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas, Inc. should continue its program with the national team, to stick with the current pool of talents and send them to more international tournaments.
“Sana ito na talaga ang start kasi siyempre yung mga ibang teams na nakakalaban natin hindi rin naman sila yung team na pupunta ng tournament and then pagbalik nila sa country nila madi-disband sila,” said Valdez, the country’s top scorer in the meet with an average of 13 points per game.
“Definitely iba rin naman ang laro ng mga Pilipino, iba ang laro ng iba-ibang team. Kapag lumabas ka sa country, yung exposure mo, yung awareness mo sa ibang levels ng international volleyball makikita mo talaga,” she added.
Rachel Anne Daquis, the comely former Far Eastern U star who made heads turn and took attention from foreign media, shared Valdez’s sentiment.
“Kailangan po (ma-retain ang team) para lalong aangat ang Team Pilipinas,” she said.
Daquis added early buildup for the next major tournament like the SEA Games should be a priority.
“As a player I suggest na i-maintain natin yung training and lalo pa nating i-establish itong team ng volleyball para din sa paghahanda sa mga susunod na competition,” said Daquis.
As of this moment, LVPI has yet to announce the program it has for the team.
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