Nasa process pa lang kami ng pagbuo ng chemistry -- Reyes
Mark Escarlote on Jun 16, 2017 06:04 PM
So far, well, nasa process pa lang din kami (sa pagbuo ng chemistry) kasi mahirap sabihin kasi hindi pa rin naman kami nabubuo -- national team captain Mika Reyes
Coming from different leagues with most of them playing together for the first time, the national women’s volleyball team has two more months to work on their cohesiveness and team chemistry.
Nine players showed up at the Arellano University Gym in Taft Avenue for the national team’s first training session since the announcement of the PHI lineup that will compete in the AVC Asian Women’s Seniors Championship and the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in August.
Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. bared last Wednesday the 12 regular players and two reserves that will carry the nation’s pride in the Asian Championship and the biennial meet.
Although the practice session was the national team’s first, the coaching staff has been conducting training for the national pool since April.
Team captain Mika Reyes said that the team would need to jell first, but to do that they will need to work on some compromise on their club schedules and other commitments.
“So far, well, nasa process pa lang din kami (sa pagbuo ng chemistry) kasi mahirap sabihin kasi hindi pa rin naman kami nabubuo,” said Reyes, who was the first member of the new national team after being named skipper when LVPI and head coach Francis Vicente announced the 18-woman pool a few weeks back. “So ngayon nagtatiyaga pa rin kami na once in a while nagte-training pa rin kami kasi kailangan din namin na magkita-kita talaga, hindi pwedeng zero.”
“Ngayon ginagawa namin ang mga combination plays para magkaintindihan ang bawat isa inside the court,” added the three-time UAAP champion.
Aside from Reyes and national pool member Ria Meneses, the other members of the national team lineup that joined the training session were Alyssa Valdez, libero Denden Lazaro, Rhea Dimaculangan, Gen Casugod, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas and Ces Molina.
F2 Logistics players Aby Marano, setter Kim Fajardo and Dawn Macandili came in late and were unable to join the training session. They came from their club team’s practice in De La Salle University.
Six-foot-5 sensation Jaja Santiago was unavailable as she was training with National University while Maika Ortiz and Rachel Anne Daquis were out due to personal reasons but promised to join the national team practice next week.
The training sessions of the national team are scheduled every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon after the men’s squad practice, which runs from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. daily.
The Pinay spikers will also have a training camp in Japan and China from July 18 to August 3 before participating in the Asian tilt to be held in the Philippines from August 9 to 17. This will serve as their last preparation for the SEA Games that will run from August 19 to 31.
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