Wed. Jun 7th, 2023

Cotabato’s Jau Umandal is the Spikers’ Turf MVP. –Spikers’ Turf Picture

MANILA, Philippines —As he units out for worldwide stints within the coming months, Cotabato star Jau Umandal can be drawing delight from his first Spikers’ Turf MVP award.

Umandal can be attempting his luck for the Asian quota tryouts subsequent month and can be main the Philippine males’s volleyball group within the thirty second Southeast Asian Video games in Cambodia in Might.

Regardless of Cotabato’s heartbreaking 21-25, 25-22, 17-25, 30-28, 7-15 loss to Cignal in Finals Sport 2 on Friday at Rizal Memorial Coliseum, Umandal will nonetheless be going to his upcoming worldwide stints with a morale booster from his Open Convention MVP award.

“This [MVP] is a morale booster. Going to worldwide [stints], I’m bringing my delight. I’ve the boldness that I can carry to different international locations,” stated Umandal after scoring a game-high 28 factors in a loss.

The College of Santo Tomas standout, who had a short stint for Bani Jamra in Bahrain final 12 months, can be joined by Cignal gamers Marck Espejo, JP Bugaoan, and Manuel Sumanguild with 32 Asian gamers anticipated to attend the Korean Volleyball Federation (KOVO) tryouts on April 25 in Jeju Island.

“I bought motivated extra after I discovered that a variety of gamers from different international locations will check out. The joy and jitters are there due to the caliber of the opposite aspirants, so there may be stress. However I’m completely happy as a result of I’m one of many gamers who bought invited. I’ll put together and go there with nice delight,” Umandal stated in Filipino.

Previous to their KVL tryouts, Umandal and the Philippine males’s volleyball group will go to Japan for a coaching camp after the Holy Week forward of the thirty second Southeast Asian Video games in Cambodia in Might.

Umandal devoted his MVP award to Cotabato coach Odjie Mamon and his teammates.

“That is surprising. I didn’t assume to win an MVP award as a result of I simply needed to present my finest till the top,” he stated in Filipino. “I’m so blessed as a result of the league gave it to me. Thanks to my coaches and teammates for trusting me till the Finals.”

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