PHI team middle blocker Mika Reyes remains day-to-day

Mark Escarlote on Oct 23, 2019 01:27 PM
PHI team middle blocker Mika Reyes remains day-to-day
"Ang hirap kasi magsalita. Kahit ako rin naman ayaw kong madaliin and ayoko rin namang magpahuli pero day-to-day talaga" -- Mika Reyes

TOKYO --- Middle blocker Mika Reyes is making progress in her strengthening and conditioning, but remains day-to-day with still more than a week left in the national team’s training camp here.

The Petron star skipped the Philippines’ tune-up game against Kashiwa Angel Cross on Tuesday, when the Nationals dropped four of the five sets played.

“Si Mika hindi pa siya pwedeng maglaro sa ngayon. More on ‘yung sa conditioning n’ya muna,” said national team head coach Shaq Delos Santos. “Nag-start pa lang siyang dumepensa, mag-block, mag-attack. Dadahan-dahanin muna natin siya.”

Reyes is returning from a knee injury and recently underwent Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy for her left patellar tendonitis. She has been out since the end of the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference two months ago and missed he Nationals’ campaign in the ASEAN Grand Prix legs .  

“Ang hirap kasi magsalita. Kahit ako rin naman ayaw kong madaliin and ayoko rin namang magpahuli pero day-to-day talaga,” said Reyes, who is on her second straight Southeast Asian Games tour of duty since being called up to the national team in 2017. “Wala akong alam sa medical terms pero I think matagal-tagal mag-heal ang patellar tendonitis.”

Although Reyes has yet to actively participate in scrimmages and tune-up games, conditioning coach Nathan Futalan is optimistic that she’ll be able to see action in the coming days.  

“Maganda naman ang progress ni Mika. So far nakakasama naman siya sa court training na which is important kasi dun natin magi-gauge kung OK na yung movement niya,” said Futalan, whose older brother Jay works as Petron’s conditioning coach.

“Hopefully by this week makasama na rin siya sa mismong games kasi iba rin talaga yung game experience kaysa sa training lang at skills,” he added.

But Reyes herself doesn’t want to rush things. She wants to make sure that she’s 100% healthy.

“Puwede naman ako, ang hirap lang kasi biglain. Like ayoko namang [mag-madali] na first day [mag-laro] talaga ako. Mas mabuti kasi na i-maximize ko ang ibinigay sa aking recovery kaysa bilisan ko tapos may mangyari ulit,” she said.

The Philippines will take on the Gunma Bank Green Wings on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. (Japan time) in Gunma – a two-hour bus ride from Sagamihara where the Nationals’ hotel is located.

 

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