May nakikita na akong improvement -- PHI coach Delos Santos
Mark Escarlote on Oct 24, 2019 06:38 PM
The Philippine national women's volleyball team showed signs of improvement according to head coach Shaq Delos Santos.
TOKYO --- The Philippine national women’s volleyball team showed signs of improvement despite winning just a single set in back-to-back tune-up games against the Gunma Bank Green Wings on Thursday.
Compared to their first practice match, head coach Shaq Delos Santos did get some positive takeaways in their game against the Japan second division league club in the second of five tune-up games scheduled in the Filipinas’ 12-day training camp here as part of their build for the 30th Southeast Asian Games in Manila next month.
“At least nakakita na ako ng improvement but, of course, hindi tayo pwedeng mag-stop dito,” said Delos Santos, whose wards also won only one of the five sets they played against Kashiwa Angel Cross last Tuesday.
“Aral tayo ulit and ayusin natin ang mga mali natin,” added Delos Santos, who welcomed the arrival of Eya Laure, Jovelyn Gonzaga and assistant coach Kungfu Reyes early Thursday morning.
The Nationals, who traveled for two hours from Sagamihara to Gunma GB Sports Center in Gunma Prefecture, absorbed a 20-25, 19-25, 8-25 defeat in their morning match.
After having lunch and a few hours of rest, the Filipinas again trooped back inside the court for another round of action.
The Green Wings, just like in their first meeting, took control of the first three sets but the Nationals were able regroup and establish their defense at the net to salvage a set in their 16-25, 21-25, 20-25, 25-20, result.
ASEAN Grand Prix two-time Best Middle Blocker Majoy Baron, skipper Aby Marano, Mylene Paat and Ces Molina clogged the net in the fourth as the Filipinas built a six-point cushion, 16-10.
The host team cut its deficit to 16-19 but timely hits from Alyssa Valdez and Molina gave the Philippines a 23-18 cushion before holding on to take the last set of the tune-up game made possible by Larong Volleyball sa Plipinas, Inc. and the Philippine Sports Commission.
Gunma Bank head coach head coach Isihara Akihisa in his assessment said that the squad has a lot of skilled players but must improve on their chemistry inside the court.
“The individual players have [great] potential. Their skills are very high. But on the court the six players must be coordinated. The combinations sometimes are not very good,” he said through an interpreter.
The mentor, who was born in Cuba and fluent in Spanish, advised that the Nationals must work on their on-court cohesiveness to be successful.
“We have this (chemistry) advantage in the court,” added Akihisa. “The coordination and combination of the six players will help you a lot.”
The Filipinas will play Yamanashi Chuo Bank on Saturday.
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