Kulang na lang ng panapos -- PHI coach Vicente

Mark Escarlote on Aug 15, 2017 09:31 PM
Kulang na lang ng panapos -- PHI coach Vicente
Angat naman ang laro pero ang sinasabi lang kailangan ng panapos, ‘yun na lang ang kulang siguro -- PHI team head coach Francis Vicente

BINAN CITY, Laguna –-- Philippine national women’s volleyball team head coach Francis Vicente gave his squad a passing mark despite falling short of clinching a semifinals berth.

The Philippines absorbed a 21-25, 14-25, 20-25, loss at the hands of Southeast Asian powerhouse Thailand Tuesday night in the quarterfinals of the 19th AVC Asian Senior Women's Volleyball Championship at the Alonte Sports Arena here.

The loss against the defending 10-time Southeast Asian Games champion and third place winner of the 2015 edition of the Asian Senior tilt came a night after the Filipinas scored a huge four-set upset win over Vietnam.    

“Siyempre ganyan talaga, minsan mananalo ka and minsan matatalo ka. But it’s how you play the game,” said Vicente, whose squad will take on Chinese-Taipei Wednesday in the classification round for 5th to 8th.

“Nakikita ko naman nandoon pa rin ang puso kaya lang 'yun nga, siguro ‘yung determination (to win) ganoon ulit, medyo bumibitaw,” he added. “Hindi lang tayo pinalad.”

Vicente admitted that the euphoria of winning against the 2015 SEA Games silver medalist Vietnam 27-25, 26-24, 17-25, 25-23, could have affected the focus of the players but the mentor stressed that it was their finishing kick that did them in.

“Puwedeng ganoon, may hangover. Pero inaral naman namin ang laro,” he said. “Angat naman ang laro pero ang sinasabi lang kailangan ng panapos, ‘yun na lang ang kulang siguro.”

Jovelyn Gonzaga was the lone Filipina player to score in double figures with 11. Alyssa Valdez and Jaja Santiago were limited to only nine and six points, respectively, after combining for 39 points against Vietnam.

The PHI could still aim to duplicate its best finish of fifth place in the tournament set in 1983. 

“Kaya pa naman 'yan, it’s beyond expectation pa rin naman 'yan,” he added. “As of now kaya naman manalo kaso kailangan ng panapos.”

The Philippines will have less than 24 hours to prepare for the classification round match against Chinese-Taipei.

“Pag-aaralan ulit natin ang Chinese-Taipei, siguro ang level noon kaya natin abutan,” said Vicente. “Kasi anong malay natin, pag manalo tayo pwedeng five o six (place). I hope tomorrow’s game manalo tayo.”




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