Service reception problems plague the Philippines in first tune-up match

Mark Escarlote on Oct 22, 2019 02:31 PM
Service reception problems plague PHI in first tune-up match
The Philippine women's volleyball team was again haunted by their service reception problems.

TOKYO --- Philippine national women’s volleyball team head coach Shaq Delos Santos rued his wards’ obvious Achilles' heel: service reception.

Kashiwa Angel Cross exploited just that as the host club won four of the five sets they played in the Filipina spikers’ first of five scheduled tune-up games in their 12-day training camp here.

The Nationals actually started off hot only to turn cold in the succeeding frames to bow down to the Japan Division 2 club, 25-18, 23-25, 18-25, 13-25, 12-15, Tuesday morning.

“’Yung ano lang receive, receive. ‘Yung first ball namin ang kailangan naming i-improve,” said Delos Santos, whose squad is preparing for the 30th Southeast Asian Games in Manila next month.

The Filipinas seemed to be in control of the match at the Kashiwanoha community gymnasium in Kashiwa – a two-hour bus ride from the team’s hotel in Sagamihara – with wingers Alyssa Valdez, Mylene Paat and Kalei Mau taking care of the offense and with middles Majoy Baron and skipper Aby Marano playing solid net defense.

The Philippines even led by as much as six, 7-1, in the second frame before the Angel Cross mounted a huge rally, taking advantage of every mistake the Filipinas made. Kashiwa overcame a 22-23 deficit in the frame, landing an ace followed by back-to-back hits to steal the frame.

“Yung speed nila, makikita mo naman ‘yung galaw nila unlike sa Pilipinas. Dito never ka dapat mag-stop hangga’t yung bola nagtutuloy. Hindi yung kada commit stop ka, dapat tuluy tuloy yung galaw natin,” said Delos Santos.

Everything went downhill for the Filipinas from there as they continued to struggle with their reception followed by their defensive collapse while the Angel Cross frustrated the Nationals with their scrappy floor defense and composure.     

“’Yun ang isang goal namin, paano i-handle ang ganoong sitwasyon especially kung ang kalaban mo consistent sa service and talagang may target,” said Delos Santos.

The mentor hopes that they could address all their mistakes in the coming matches and learn from their experience.

“So kailangan i-accept namin at i-challege namin ang sarili namin na kailangan lagi kaming may first ball,” Delos Santos said. “Kasi kapag nagkaka-first ball kami at maganda ang receive definitely mayroon tayong magandang atake.”

After the game, the Nationals proceeded to do weight training.

The Filipinas are scheduled to face Gunma Bank Green Wings on Thursday in Gunma – another two-hour bus ride from where the team is staying.



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