Morado draws praise from Japanese coach
Mark Escarlote on Oct 27, 2019 06:53 AM
Siyempre hindi naman ‘yun madaling gawin mag-isa. Mabibigyan ko rin credit ang teammates ko kasi I know it’s not easy to pass especially against the teams we’ve gone with -- Jia Morado credits her teammates after drawing praise from a Japanese coach
TOKYO --- Philippine national women's volleyball team setter Jia Morado drew praise from a Japanase coach during her short stay in the squad’s 12-day training camp here.
Morado caught the attention of Gunma Bank mentor Ishihawa Akisa when the Filipinas played the Green Wings on Thursday in the playmaker’s last tune-up match with the squad before she and Creamline teammate Alyssa Valdez returned to Manila the following day to fulfill their club duties.
“She’s not that tall but she’s good,” said the Japanese after playing the Nationals in seven sets. “She has good ball handling.”
Although humbled by the kind words given to her, Morado was quick to deflect the all the credit.
“Siyempre hindi naman ‘yun madaling gawin mag-isa. Mabibigyan ko rin credit ang teammates ko kasi I know it’s not easy to pass especially against the teams we’ve gone with,” said the setter, who is going to don the tricolors in her second Southeast Asian Games stint since debuting in 2015.
Morado arrived with the team last week but had to cut her stay short in the training camp made possible by the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. and the Philippine Sports Commission.
She and veteran Rhea Dimaculangan took care of the playmaking chores in the Nationals’ match against Kashiwa Angel Cross and Gunma Bank.
Morado pointed out that although drawing praise is a great morale boost, what’s more important is that each player in the squad is complements everyone which in turn is a good sign of slowly building team chemistry with just a month to go before the country’s hosting of the 30th edition of the biennial meet.
“Overall, team effort naman talaga. Kung may magandang ipinapakita ang isang tao, it’s because natutulungan ng ibang teammates din,” she said. “Yun naman ang goal namin dito, it’s not individual credit or individual praise, it’s more for the country talaga ang improvement na hanap namin.”
Morado and Valdez will rejoin the team in their final build up in Manila. The Nationals will wrap up their camp on Friday.
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