Marami kaming natutunan -- Delos Santos on Japan training camp

Mark Escarlote on Oct 31, 2019 04:05 PM
Marami kaming natutunan -- Delos Santos on Japan training
The Philippine national women's volleyball team wrapped up its 12-day Japan training on Thursday with a tune-up match against Nittai University.

TOKYO --- The Philippine national women’s volleyball team wrapped up its 12-day training camp on Thursday with head coach Shaq Delos Santos hoping that his wards absorbed all the lessons learned and valuable experience gained heading into the last stretch of their preparation for the 30th Southeast Asian Games.

“Definitely marami kaming natutunan sa mga tune-up games,” said Delos Santos, who is gearing up his squad for the biennial meet that the country will host next month. “Hopefully ma-absorb pa namin siya ng mabuti. Itutuloy namin ito pagdating sa Pilipinas.”

The Nationals, whose training camp here was made possible by Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. and the Philippine Sports Commission, played their last of five tune-up game playdates against Nittai University at the Nippon Sports Science University gym in Setagaya here.

The Filipinas yielded a 20-25, 25-23, 20-25, 14-25 loss.

Overall, the Nationals went through rigorous training and conditioning and endured long bus rides to and from their hotel in Sagamihara to test their mettle against club teams located in different prefectures. The Nationals played Kashiwa Angel Cross, Gunma Bank Green Wings, Yamanashi Chuo Bank and Yamanada of the Japan second division league, Japan V League squad Hitachi and Nittai U.

The Filipinas played 25 sets overall, winning three.

During the practice games, Delos Santos gave his players equal time on court, not settling on a fixed rotations to allow his wards to get valuable exposure by getting a piece of the action.

Though the squad needed to adjust with Alyssa Valdez and setter Jia Morado flying back to Manila after just five days in the camp to fulfill their club duties, the remaining players worked on their cohesion and tried to address their problems on reception, passing and offensive transition.

“May mga kailangan pa kaming ma-improve and hopefully makumpleto na kami para mas marami kaming magawa para sa team,” said Delos Santos.

The mentor lauded his team for its improvement but stressed that there’s still much to be done.

“Nagkaroon ng improvement but it doesn’t mean na OK na. Kailangan pang ituluy ng ituloy hanggang sa dumating ang SEA Games,” he said. “’Yun kasi ang unang-unang problema namin pagdating sa receive, yung pasa especially doon sa end game. So yun kailangan din naming i-develop yun.”

“I think kailangan pa namin ng mas maraming scrimmage pa, 6-on-6 na laro para mas makuha namin ang galawan mismo ng team kung ano ang gusto naming mangyari. At the same time yung speed nan a-experience namin dito mas ma-develop pa namin,” he added.

The Nationals will fly back to Manila on Friday afternoon via Philippine Airlines PR 421. They will take a rest on Saturday before heading back to training on Sunday to prepare for the 4-team Philippine Superliga Super Cup starting Tuesday.

“Good thing mayroon tayong liga, yung Super Cup and mayroon isang Japanese team na darating,” said Delos Santos. “Hopefully, maibuhos namin doon ang mga natutunan namin doon.”




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