MANILA, Philippines—Jau Umandal, the lone holdover from the Philippine males’s volleyball crew that received the silver within the 2019 Southeast Asian Video games, shrugs off the strain of main a rebuilding squad within the thirty second SEA Video games in Cambodia in Could.
Umandal might be ushering in a brand new period as 12 of the 14-man crew are first-timers within the biennial meet after the Philippine Nationwide Volleyball Federation eliminated coach Dante Alinsunurin from his put up and a number of other gamers like Marck Espejo, Bryan Bagunas, and Joshua Retamar have begged off.
Regardless of the tall order, Umandal remained defiant, promising to provide his finest and proceed his sterling play coming off an MVP marketing campaign within the Spikers’ Turf Open Convention.
“Ayoko lagyan ng strain yung sarili ko. Gagawin ko lang yung finest ko para sa crew tutulong ako hanggat saan ko makakaya. Dadalhin ko itong [Spikers’ Turf] expertise ‘to para sa SEA Video games,” stated Umandal, who led Cotabato to a silver medal end within the Spikers’ Turf Finals.
(I don’t wish to put strain on myself. I’ll simply do my finest for my crew and I’ll assist them with all I can. I’ll convey this expertise with me to the SEA Video games.)
Umandal performed off the bench within the 2019 SEA Video games when the boys’s volleyball crew earned a historic podium berth. He bought the beginning function final yr however they missed the rostrum and settled for fifth place in Hanoi, Vietnam.
The previous College of Santo Tomas stalwart and Cignal libero Manuel Sumanguid are the remaining members of the nationwide crew final yr, as Mark Alfafara, who was a part of the 2019 crew, is already a part of the coach Sergio Veloso’s teaching employees as a coach.
Umandal hopes to take advantage of their 15-day Japan coaching camp beginning on Easter Sunday in Osaka.
“We nonetheless have time. We’ll go to Japan to be taught extra abilities and enhance our communication as a crew so we are able to convey it to Cambodia,” Umandal stated in Filipino.
“We didn’t have the possibility to coach utterly right here within the Philippines due to the Spikers’ Turf however coach Sergio is basically centered and he all the time makes his presence felt in instructing the crew,” he added.
Nationwide crew assistant coach Odjie Mamon agreed with Umandal.
“Coach Sergio Veloso’s new system is sweet for the crew as a result of we’ve got tall gamers,” Mamon stated in Filipino.
Umandal is main a crew composed of skipper Vince Mangulabnan, Sumanguid, Filipino-American recruits Steve Rotter, Cyrus De Guzman, and Michael Vicente in addition to SEA Video games first-timers Jade Disquitado, Lloyd Josafat, Jay Rack De La Noche, Kim Dayandante, Vince Patrick Lorenzo, Jayvee Sumagaysay, Rwenzmel Taguibolos, and Leo Ordiales.
The Philippine males’s volleyball squad was lately omitted of the SEA Video games draw resulting from a clerical oversight, which led to a late or no entry of the crew members’ names.
However the Philippine Olympic Committee has already settled the error and the Cambodia SEA Video games Organizing Committee expressed its help to incorporate the boys’s crew and maintain a re-draw.
After their coaching camp in Osaka which features a sequence of tune-up video games with the Panasonic Panthers, Umandal will attempt his luck within the Korean V-League on April 25 in Jeju Island earlier than main the nationwide crew in Cambodia.
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