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Filipino women sharpen ‘warrior spirit’ as they progress slowly but surely


Apr 23, 2022

The Philippine girls’s staff see motion in opposition to a Brazilian under-21 squad. —JUNE NAVARRO

BARUERI, BRAZIL—Going through adversity whereas approaching set level, the nation’s top-flight spikers summoned the warrior in them and surprisingly managed to trample on the house staff proper by itself turf.

That’s how resilient the Philippine girls’s volleyball staff has turn out to be going into the ultimate stretch of the Brazilian coaching camp designed to develop its potential to conflict head-on in opposition to regional heavyweights within the Southeast Asian (SEA) Video games.

“They’re very good and are getting higher. I do know that in competitors, they’ll do way more,’’ stated head coach Jorge Edson Souza de Brito.

The Brazilian tactician can readily again up his declare after personally witnessing the monumental turnaround the Filipinos pulled off within the second set of their first assembly with the Barueri Volleyball Membership under-21 (BVC U21) squad, which they ultimately received in straight units.

“You understand there’s one thing inside you once you begin taking part in. All warriors have this sort of mentality, this drive inside,’’ stated De Brito, an Olympic gold medalist who helped Brazil’s males’s volley staff rule the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.

60 to 65 % prepared

On Thursday, the PH spikers once more duplicated their mastery over BVC U21 and though they gave up a set in a 25-11, 22-25, 25-13, 26-24 triumph, the staff confirmed a lot potential in entrance of a big Filipino neighborhood wildly cheering on the stands.

However De Brito, assisted by a pool of competent native coaches in Odjie Mamon, Grace Antigua, Raffy Mosuela, Tina Salak and therapist Grace Gomez, assessed that the progress of the staff is much from good.

“Based mostly on the 4 video games we performed, I believe we’re 60 to 65 % [ready]. We are going to turn out to be higher as soon as we remedy among the issues on the ground,’’ stated De Brito.

The nationwide staff received three of their 4 tuneup matches, together with three straight—as soon as reverse membership staff Sesi Sorocaba and twice over BVC U21—after dropping the assembly in opposition to Superliga A Sao Caetano, which passed off instantly a day after arriving from a 35-hour journey from Manila.

For now, De Brito is seeking to tackle all on-court issues first earlier than setting one other tuneup with a tricky Brazilian membership staff.

“We don’t want any [tuneup game] proper now. Possibly subsequent week, however proper now we’ve got to repair some issues earlier than we play once more,’’ stated De Brito.

Center blocker Jaja Santiago and open spikers Ces Molina, Alyssa Valdez and Jema Galanza have been buzzing a very good tune with reverse spiker Mylene Paat, setters Kyle Negrito and Iris Tolenada and center blocker Dell Palomata.

They’re aiming to safe a medal within the SEA Video games to finish an extended drought since Workforce Philippines claimed a bronze medal within the 2005 SEA Video games in Manila.

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