Philippine women’s volleyball team begins Japan training camp
Mark Escarlote on Oct 20, 2019 06:57 PM
The Philippine national team braces for a tough 12-day training camp in Japan.
TOKYO --- Philippine women’s volleyball team head coach Shaq Delos Santos is looking to develop the cohesiveness of his squad as the Filipinas begin their 12-day training camp here on Monday.
“Ang gagawin pa namin ay kung paano makapaglaro ulit as one team,” said Delos Santos, who is preparing his wards for the 30th Southeast Asian Games in Manila next month. “‘Yun ang ina-adjust namin kasi skills-wise meron na naman sila. Yung gagawin na lang namin ay kung paano mapatakbo ang team kasi yun ang kailangan namin.”
The Nationals arrived safely in the Japanese capital on Sunday via Philippine Airlines and took a two-hour bus ride to their hotel in Sagamihara.
Top hitter Alyssa Valdez and skipper Aby Marano led squad with Mika Reyes, Kalei Mau, Mylene Paat, Maddie Madayag, Majoy Baron, Jia Morado, Rhea Dimaculangan, Ces Molina, Kath Arado and Dawn Macandili.
Roselyn Doria and Aiza Maizo-Pontillas also flew with the team as reserves.
Eya Laure, Jovelyn Gonzaga and assistant coach Kungfu Reyes will fly in on Wednesday.
The Nationals took a much-needed rest upon their arrival before buckling down for a grueling training camp.
“I think magiging intense kasi ang mga susunod na araw pero definitely tomorrow (Monday) yung mga adjustments lang ng players and kami, ang adjustment lang ng team [ang aayusin],” said Delos Santos. “Kasi siyempre first day rin so more on morning conditioning muna and then ball training kami sa hapon kasi the next day may tuneup na.”
The Filipinas will play Kashiwa Angel Cross on Tuesday in the first of their five scheduled tune-up games.
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