Nat'l men's volleyball team sets up training camp in South Korea
Mark Escarlote on Jun 23, 2017 03:24 PM
The Philippine national men's volleyball team will train in South Korea as part of its build up for the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
As part of its build up for the 29th Southeast Asian Games, the national men’s volleyball team will set up a training camp in South Korea next month.
The team will fly to SoKor on July 20 for a two-week training and tune up games against some of the Asian powerhouse’s best club teams.
“Dito kasi sa Pilipinas wala talagang kalaban ang lalaki so kailangan talaga namin sa ibang bansa na makipagtunggali, makipaglaban doon,” said national team coach Sammy Acaylar Friday after the squad’s training at the Arellano University gym in Taft Avenue.
“Whatever happens there magiging learning lesson namin ‘yun, magiging challenge sa amin ‘yun,” added Acaylar, who is looking to steer the team to a podium finish.
It has been a couple of decades since the Pinoy spikers last won a SEA Games medal - a bronze.
Before their SoKor camp, the national team will participate in a pocket tournament to be held in the Philippines from July 13 to 15 with Macau as one of the guest squads.
Acaylar is also requesting Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas, Inc. for another training camp in China before they fly to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for their SEA Games campaign from August 19 to 31.
“Nagsabi kami kay (special adviser to the national team) Mr. (Ramon ‘Tats’) Suzara and LVPI (vice president) Mr. (Peter) Cayco na madagdagan pa kami ng isa pa bago kami magpunta sa SEA Games para mabugbog talaga ang team natin (sa exposure),” said Acaylar, also the head coach and athletic director of Perpetual Help in the NCAA.
The men’s team train six times a week, working on their plays and skills every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. They do weights training every Tuesday and Thursday while doing laps at the Rizal Memorial Stadium oval and working on their endurance every Saturday.
Present during Friday’s training were skipper Johnvic De Guzman, Relan Taneo, Geuel Asia, Ranran Abdilla, Mark Alfafara, Alden Cabaron, Reyson Fuentes, Bonjomar Castel, Herschel Ramos, Jack Kalingking, Greg Dolor, Peter Quiel and John Eduard Carascal.
Abdilla skipped training as he was fasting because of Ramadan while Bryan Bagunas was unavailable.
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