UAAP 82: Umandal confident to lead UST post-SEA Games

Paul Kennedy Lintag on Feb 09, 2020 03:14 PM
UAAP 82: Umandal confident to lead UST post-SEA Games
Umandal was part of the Philippine team that won silver in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.

Jau Umandal is about to get a much bigger role for UST in the UAAP Season 82 men's volleyball tournament.

As the Tiger Spikers look to make a return to the Final Four following a one-year absence, Umandal's development after a stint with the Philippine national team could prove crucial.

Umandal was part of the Philippine team that won silver in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.

"Sobrang laki ng confidence ko, and sobrang laki ng role ko para sa team," Umandal told ABS-CBN Sports.

"Kasi galing ako sa national team sa SEA Games, yung nanalo tayo sa Thailand sobrang laking confidence sakin na maglaro sa UAAP dahil sa experience na nakuha ko," he added.

Before the SEA Games, the Philippines had a a two-week camp in Japan, which proved to be worth it as the national team took down five-peat seeking Thailand in the semifinals before bagging a historic silver medal.

As great as that is though, not all players have the privilege to play for tha national team and Umandal is taking the responsibility to guide the Tiger Spikers using his national team experience.

"Ituturo ko sa kanila yung mga natutunan ko, mga mechanics na natutunan ko sa Japan, kung paano gawin mga bagay na mapapadali lang," he said.

"Tinuturo ko yun sa kanila sa training, gina-guide ko sila lagi lalo na yung mga bata kasi sa program namin, iba na set up namin mas mabilis. Ni-level up na namin," Umandal added.


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