Macandili skips Japan training but will be ready come Asiad

Mark Escarlote on Aug 01, 2018 08:55 PM
Macandili skips Japan training but will be ready come Asiad
Kasi last term ko na to sa undergrad studies. May mga subject ako na di ko maiwan kasi na-extend 'yung term dahil sa bagyo -- Dawn Macandili on skipping national team's Japan training

National women’s volleyball team libero Dawn Macandili remains confident that she’ll be in tip top shape despite skipping the squad’s Japan training camp.

Macandili will miss the two-week training of the national squad in Okayama as preparation for the 2018 Jakarta Palembang Asian Games to complete her academic requirements in De La Salle University.

“Hindi siya makakasama sa camp, sa camp lang naman kasi syempre conflict (sa studies),” said head coach Shaq Delos Santos. “Pero knowing her naman definitely magte-training naman siya tuluy-tuloy so OK.”

The graduating AB psychology student is currently completing her thesis – a study about coping and motivation of para-athletes.   

“Kasi last term ko na to sa undergrad studies. May mga subject ako na di ko maiwan kasi na-extend 'yung term dahil sa bagyo,” said Macandili, who is making her third tour of duty after seeing action last year in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Championship and the Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games.

“Marami pa akong requirements na kailangan tapusin -- especially 'yung thesis ko. May defense pa ako and may project pa ako sa OJT,” she added.

The Nationals including members of the pool are set to leave on Sunday. They will return on August 16 before flying to Indonesia for the quadrennial meet set from August 18 to September 2.   

Macandili promised Delos Santos that she will still train here in Manila and will be ready come Asiad time.  

“Tinanong niya ako kung di ba talaga kaya. Sabi ko naman na magpapakundisyon ako dito and sa Asian Games ako babawi,” said Macandili, who was named Second Best libero in last year’s AVC Asian Seniors.

“Siguro, confident naman ako na makaka-adjust ako kasi nakasama ko na sila last year,” she added. “Siguro titingnan natin kung ano mangyayare.”

Macandili admitted that it was a hard decision to make especially with the Asiad just two weeks away.

“Sobrang torn ako na may point last month na gusto kong iwan na lang lahat para sumama sa team, sa Japan,” she said. “But then, kumuha ako ng advice from a lot of people and they told me na nandiyan lang naman 'yung National team.”

Her decision makes sense.

“If I leave my academics, mage-extend pa ako ng isang term, so sayang 'yung time na magsasabay na naman ako ng academics and volleyball. Better na tapusin ko na para makapag-focus na ako sa volleyball,” said the UAAP Season 80 Finals MVP. “Matatapos 'yung term dapat nitong August 17 na 'yung last day, na-extend 'yung term hanggang 22. Papakiusapan ko 'yung mga prof ko na hanggang 17 na lang ako para makahabol sa Asian Games.”

 

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