Romasanta sees better volleyball showing in 2017 SEA Games
Mark Escarlote on Jun 15, 2015 07:22 PM
Hopefully it will a different story when we got to the 2017 SEA Games --- LVPI president Joey Romasanta
SINGAPORE --- The Philippines made a satisfactory performance in the 28th Southeast Asian Games in its first participation in the volleyball event after a decade of hiatus.
Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas, Inc. president Joey Romasanta said that he is satisfied with the men’s and women’s stint in the biennial meet citing that they met their initial goal of at least gauging the country’s level of competitiveness against teams in the region.
“We came out of this SEA Games good in so far as volleyball is concern, considering that the intention was really to find out where we are in so far. On how we compare to other countries,” said Romasanta.
The PHI entered a men’s and women’s team for the first time since the 2005 Manila Southeast Asian Games.
Though both squads, composed of top collegiate players and local stars, bowed out of the medal round, Romsanta said that the experience they gained is enough to help them improve going to future international tourneys.
“This was a very good learning experience for all not only for the players but also for us managing the affairs of volleyball and also the coaches as well,” said Romasanta, also the Philippine Olympic Committee second vice-president.
The women’s team led by Alyssa Valdez, Rachel Anne Daquis, Abigail Marano, the Santiago sisters Jaja and Dindin and skipper Jovelyn Gonzaga finished with a 1-2 record losing to powerhouse teams Indonesia and Vietnam but not after giving a fight.
The Roger Gorayeb-mentored women’s squad won against Malaysia in three sets.
Even the men’s team handled by Oliver Almadro showed promise after a surprise come-from-behind four-set win over Malaysia in their opener before falling to Myanmar in a hard-fought three sets and the defending champion Thailand.
“Nakita naman nila (coaches) kung ano ang dapat gawin, pati ng mga atleta,” he added. “So when they go back (in the PHI) I know they are going to share their experience to everybody.”
Romasanta said that they already have a plans and programs for the national teams.
“A rebuilding has to be done,” he said. “We will put up an U-19 and U-21 team in men’s and women’s. We can have a pool that we can choose from and work on into the Games.”
Romasanta has also scheduled a meeting with the biggest stakeholders of the sport once they get back in Manila after the closing of the SEA Games on Tuesday to arrange the schedules of teams and players to make them available for practice when needed for national duty.
“The board has to meet and all of these thoughts should be pooled and put on the table. Hanapin ang doable and priority,” he said.
With all of these at hand, Romasanta believes they can do better in Malaysia two years from now.
“Hopefully it will a different story when we got to the 2017 SEA Games,” according to the LVPI head.
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