Gusto ko naman sumali (sa national team) talaga eh -- Espejo

Mark Escarlote on Mar 18, 2017 03:19 PM
Gusto ko naman sumali (sa national team) talaga eh -- Espejo
Kung bibigyan ng chance (na maglaro sa national team), gusto ko rin naman -- Marck Espejo of Ateneo de Manila

Three-time UAAP Most Valuable Player Marck Espejo is willing to attend the special tryouts promised by Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. for national team aspirants given that there won’t be any conflict with the schedule of the ongoing UAAP Season 79.

The former national team member and arguably the best male volleyball player today said that he is interested to take another tour of duty if given a chance.

Espejo was not included in the list of the 25-man national team pool that will see action in the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in August announced by the LVPI last Tuesday.

The association held three open tryouts in Manila, Cebu and Davao. They called a special ‘by invitation only’ tryout for UAAP and NCAA players including those from Ateneo.

But Ateneo officials denied that they received an invitation from LVPI. The association apologized for the ‘clerical and administrative error’ with the invites Thursday in a statement, saying that LVPI will make another set of tryouts.

“Open naman po pero siguro ‘yung tryout na yun, sana ma-schedule (ng maayos),” said the Ateneo star on Saturday after the Blue Eagles secured a Final Four twice-to-beat advantage in their 22-25, 25-23, 25-13, 25-21 win over University of Sto. Tomas. 

Espejo was one of the notable names absent in the list of national men’s team coach Sammy Acaylar. The mentor said that Espejo is in his wishlist but the King Eagle did not attend any of the tryouts from he chose his selection. 

“Gusto ko naman sumali talaga eh, pero hindi lang siguro para sa amin, siguro para sa iba rin na gusto,” added Espejo. “Siguro ‘yung ibibigay na schedule, siguro ‘yung hindi conflict sa lahat, and siguro sana i-announce nila ng maayos para alam din ng ibang players. Kung bibigyan ng chance (na maglaro sa national team), gusto ko rin naman.”

The fourth year player accepted the decision of Acaylar but also felt hurt not having his name in the list.   

“Siyempre parang na-hurt ng kaunti pero andoon na ‘yun kasi nag-iiba ‘yung coach, pana-panahon din ito. And nag-iiba rin ‘yung mga players, hindi lang sa UAAP, pati mga NCAA players din,” he said. “Siguro may mas talented pa siguro, and siguro ‘yun talaga, may mga players talaga na ito ‘yung gusto ng coach.”

For now, Espejo would like to concentrate first in Ateneo’s three-peat campaign before setting his sights on making it to the national pool. 

“If binigyan ako ng chance na makasama sa pool, siguro tapusin ko muna yung responsibilities ko sa school, sa UAAP, sa pag-aaral. If tanggapin nila ako after ng UAAP, masarap pakinggan, masarap sa pakiramdam,” he said. “Pero kung ano yung meron sa kanila, lahat naman na tayo dito players din, bigay atin yung all-out support natin kasi para sa Philippine volleyball rin naman ‘yun.”




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