Pinoy hitters score better result in second tune-up game
Mark Escarlote on Nov 08, 2019 11:58 PM
The Philippine national men’s volleyball team split two sets apiece with Tsukuba United in their tune-up match Friday night,
The Philippine national men’s volleyball team showed great stride overnight.
Coming off a loss in their first tune-up game the night before, the Nationals put up a better performance Friday after drawing a 24-26, 25-21, 25-21, 17-25, result against Tsukuba United in Japan.
Head coach Dante Alinsunurin praised his wards for doing the necessary adjustments and addressing the problems they had in their straight sets loss to Saitama Azalea Thursday night.
“’Yung sistema talaga kasi kanina bago kami maglaro nag-viewing kami, pinakita namin sa kanila kung ano yung ginalaw nila kahapon,” said Alinsunurin, whose squad is in Japan for a 16-day training camp for the 30th Southeast Asian Games next month made possible by the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. and the Philippine Sports Commission.
“Pagdating ngayon na-address naman ‘yung gusto naming mangyari kasi kahit papaano naging maganda yung communication nila,” he added.
The Filipinos were able regroup after yielding the extended first set with Marck Espejo, Ranran Abdilla, Francis Saura, Kim Malabunga and skipper John Vic De Guzman at the lead to take the next two frames.
Alinsunurin fielded his second unit Joshua Umandal, Rex Intal, setter Joshua Retamar and Jack Kalingking in the fourth, which the Japanese Division 2 club took.
“Sa fourth set kasi kailangan ko talaga makita yung players ko kung ano pa yung adjustment na pwede pa mangyari kasi kailangan ko rin itaya yung second six ko,” the mentor said. “Sana nag-fifth set para masubukan kaya lang nakataya na ko, nag-request sila na apat na set lang.”
The Nationals are set to take on the Fujitsu Red Spirits on Saturday in the third of nine tune-up matches scheduled for the squad in its training camp.