Sobrang di OK ang galawan -- Delos Santos on Hitachi match

Mark Escarlote on Oct 28, 2019 06:26 PM
Sobrang di OK ang galawan -- Delos Santos on Hitachi match
Sobrang di OK ang galawan kasi di naman ganun ang usual na galaw natin noong nakaraan eh -- PHI women's volleyball team coach Shaq Delos Santos on his wards game against Hitachi

TOKYO --- Philippine national women’s volleyball team head coach Shaq Delos Santos gave his squad an extra hour of ball training after playing Hitachi Rivale in three sets of a tune-up game on Monday.

The mentor felt that the Filipinas’ conditioning dipped after giving his wards a rest day on Sunday.

“Sobrang di OK ang galawan kasi di naman ganun ang usual na galaw natin noong nakaraan eh,” said Delos Santos, whose team travelled to the Hitachi volleyball gym in Hitachi, Ibaraki.

The three-hour bus ride to the gym took its toll on the Filipinas, who left Sagamihara at 7:00 a.m. and arrived at around 10:00 a.m., as they dropped all of the sets played, 11-25, 19-25, 13-25.

“Kanina sobrang tight din ng schedule. Yung warm-up kulang din kanina medyo madalian din. Kaya yung galawan din medyo mabagal,” said Delos Santos.

Hitachi fielded just its second unit, which included Motolite coach Godfrey Okumu’s daughter Fuyumi Hawi Okumu Oba, to rest its main core as the Japan V. Premier League is currently ongoing.

Playing a higher level club team compared to their previous tune-up games, the Filipinas, who are here to train for the 30th Southeast Asian Games next month, were easily overpowered in the first set.

The Nationals showed signs of life in the second set after mounting a 9-1 rally lead by skipper Aby Marano to turn a 23-10 deficit to 24-19 before yielding in the end.

Delos Santos then fielded a younger rotation in the third with Eya Laure, Maddie Madayag and Kat Arado. The Filipinas kept pace early only to go cold midway in the set.

After the game, Delos Santos gave his team another set of ball drills until around 2:00 p.m.

“Yung ball training malaking bagay yun kasi chineck ko rin yung galaw ng players. Kailangan maka-adjust din kami. Kailangan bumilis ang middle tapos yung timing setter dun sa spiker,” said Delos Santos. “Chineck namin ang mga dapat ayusin namin lalo na sa transition ng bola. Yung timing ng bola from setter to spikers.”   

After a quick lunch and rest, the Nationals proceeded to weights training for 30 minutes before leaving the prefecture at around 3:30 for another three-hour ride back to their hotel.

The Nationals will wrap their tune-up schedule on Thursday against Nittai University before flying back to Manila on Friday afternoon.      

           

 

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