No regrets: Torres believes serving the country always comes first

Mark Escarlote on Jun 15, 2015 06:36 PM
Torres shows no regrets in joining the PHI team
Sa tingin ko OK naman ang desisyon ko na sumali (sa national team). Hindi para sa sarili ko kundi para sa bansa --- Peter Torres

SINGAPORE --- Peter Torres believes that he made the right decision to serve the country and not be a pawn in the power struggle inside the Philippine volleyball leadership.

The former National University star said that playing for flag and country is his priority above anything else.

For him there are no regrets and even if the Philippines failed to advance in the medal round, the mere experience of facing inside the court the region’s powerhouse teams in the 28th Southeast Asian Games here is enough reward for making the right choice.

The Philippines is back in the international volleyball map after a decade of hiatus and Torres, who averaged 5.3 points in three games, is proud to be a part of that history.

“Sa tingin ko OK naman ang desisyon ko na sumali (sa national team). Hindi para sa sarili ko kundi para sa bansa,” said Torres, after the PHI squad’s straight sets loss to the defending champion Thailand last Sunday.

Torres is formerly a part of Bagwis, the team put up by the now defunct Philippine Volleyball Federation.

But when called upon by the newly established national association, the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. Torres obliged to lend his talent amid criticisms from his former colleagues, who chose to take the side of PVF.

The 21-year-old power hitter said that though they only came up with one win, a four-set victory over Malaysia, it was an impressive showing considering that the team was assembled less than a month before the SEA Games.         

With the SEA Games drawing to a close, Torres and the rest of national team under the LVPI wish that volleyball talents in the country will reconcile and put the political struggle behind for the glory of the country.

Now it’s up to other Pinoy players in the other camp to decide.






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