Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times


Delos Santos on PWNVT’s loss to Div I team Hitachi: ‘Sobrang ‘di okay ang galawan’

Coming off a pair of tightly-contested matches the other day, the Philippine Women’s National Volleyball Team was left shell-shocked on Monday, suffering a massive beatdown at the hands of Hitachi Rivale, 11-25, 19-25, 13-25.

Only the second unit of Hitachi — which included Godfrey Okumu’s daughter Fuyumi Hawi Okumu Oba — played in the scrimmage in order to rest its main core, as the Japan V. Premier League is well underway. Still, Rivale outclassed the Filipinas with a straight-set decision.

The closest the Philippine delegates could get to a set victory was in the second frame.

Staring at a 10-23 deficit, team captain Aby Maraño rallied the Nationals. She then commandeered a 9-1 stampede, knocking within five, 19-24. Save for that brief moment, the Japanese were never threatened.

Given his team’s dismal outing, head coach Shaq Delos Santos lamented that the conditioning of his wards seemed to have dipped following a rest on Sunday.

“Sobrang ‘di okay ang galawan kasi ‘di naman gan’un ang usual na galaw natin noong nakaraan eh,” rued Delos Santos, who ordered the tricolor squad to take an extra hour of ball training right after the deflating loss to Hitachi.

“Yung ball training malaking bagay ‘yun kasi chineck ko rin ‘yung galaw ng players. Kailangan maka-adjust din kami. Kailangan bumilis ang middle tapos ‘yung timing setter dun sa spiker,” added Delos Santos.

“Chineck namin ang mga dapat ayusin namin, lalo na sa transition ng bola. ‘Yung timing ng bola from setter to spikers.”

The veteran mentor also attributed the underwhelming outing of his players to their morning schedule, which included a three-hour bus ride from Sagamihara to Hitachi volleyball gym in Hitachi, Ibaraki.

#ReadMore  Ramil De Jesus hopes La Salle can surprise Ateneo again

“Kanina sobrang tight din ng schedule. ‘Yung warm-up kulang din kanina medyo madalian din. Kaya ‘yung galawan din medyo mabagal,” admitted Delos Santos.

The Philippine contingents shall face Nittai University on Thurday to wrap up their series of friendly matches before returning to Manila on Friday.

Written By

You May Also Like


Petro Gazz showed nerves of steel to outlast Cignal in three tight sets, 25-21, 27-25, 37-35, to move on the verge of the 2022...


Petro Gazz ran away with a four-set win to keep its finals hope alive as Cignal clinched the first finals seat despite the loss,...


Cignal inched closer to its first-ever Premier Volleyball League finals berth after upsetting Creamline in four sets, 23-25, 25-23, 28-26, 25-18 in the 2022...


Tai Bierra continues to thrive in a bench role as Cignal took out Chery Tiggo in three sets, 28-26, 25-17, 25-23, to chalk up...


Cignal advanced to the semifinals after ousting Choco Mucho in four sets, 17-25, 25-22, 25-18, 25-14, in the 2022, Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference,...


Ateneo de Manila University barged into the finals of the 2022 V-League Women’s Collegiate Challenge after sweeping University of the Philippines, 25-21, 25-21, 25-20,...


Cignal import Tai Bierria did not play the entirety of the first set in their all-important clash against F2 Logistics that would affect their...


Cignal boosted its chances of making the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference round-robin semifinals, eliminating F2 Logistics, 25-21, 20-25, 25-14, 25-20, Saturday at the...