Bagunas downplays comparison with Espejo in Japan stint

Mark Escarlote on Jun 14, 2019 02:16 AM
Bagunas downplays comparison with Espejo in Japan stint
Di ko naman intention na higitan or pantayan si Marck -- Bryan Bagunas on following the footsteps of college rival and national squad teammate Marck Espejo in the Japan V. League

Bryan Bagunas is not putting too much pressure on himself after landing a stint with Oita Miyoshi Weisse Adler in the Japan V. League.

The National University product became the second Filipino star to play in one of Asia’s most prestigious volleyball league after Marck Espejo made his run with same team last year following his swan song from Ateneo de Manila University in the UAAP.

Bagunas was quick to downplay the angle of comparing Espejo’s stint with his try in the international club scene.

“Para sakin wala naman [pressure]. Basta ibibigay ko lang ‘yung pinaka-best ko,” said Bagunas, who arrived in Manila at 10:45 Thursday night after a couple of weeks in Japan. “Di ko naman intention na higitan or pantayan si Marck.”

Espejo during his stay with the squad displayed his scoring prowess but the Weisse Adler finished the tournament with just four wins in 27 games.  

“Alam naman natin na maganda talaga napakita ni Marck nu’ng last season po,” added the two-time UAAP champion and UAAP Season 81 Most Valuable Player. “Basta ako ibibigay ko lang po ‘yung best ko sa ‘pag lalaro and ‘yung apply ko lang ‘yung mga natutunan ko po, yung mga tinuro sa akin ng mga coaches ko nung college po."

The national team member was just glad that he’s realizing his dream to play abroad.

“Unang-una nagpapasalamat ako kay God kasi sobrang na-guide n’ya ako ng maayos. Saka ayun sobrang saya ko kasi isa to sa pangarap ko na makapaglaro sa international then heto na nga natupad kaya sobrang saya ko. Di ko ma explain e,” said Bagunas, who is also hoping to further develop his reception and defense in his Japan campaign.

Bagunas’ college, club and national team coach Dante Alinsurin said that the 6-foor-4 hitter will continue his training and participation as part of the Philippine team that will compete in the 30th Southeast Asian Games which the country will host in November.

The V. League will start late October, with Bagunas expected to fly back to Japan by September.



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