After accomplishing their short-term goal of making the Asian Senior Women’s Championship quarterfinals, National Team head coach Francis Vicente has his eyes set on an upset on Friday.
The Philippines had guaranteed their spot to the quarterfinals with a quick win over Hong Kong earlier today. This is the first time the Philippines have qualified for the next round of the regional tournament after finishing 12th in the last two incarnations.
“That’s the goal naman; three-set win, ang ganda ng resulta. Nagkaroon ng bunga ‘yung pagpunta namin sa Japan, although we need to practice more on some departments ng paglalaro,” Vicente shared after their breakthrough win.
“Pero this is a good thing. I’m very proud na lumabas ‘yung pag-ensayo namin.”
Vicente shuffled his players in their opening match. For now, the veteran mentor is keen on giving each of his players ample playing time.
“Lahat naman ‘yan key players. Wala namang starting six diyang, walang laging first six,” said the veteran tactician. “Lahat sila starting-caliber player. Kung sino ‘yung kundisyon, doon kami.
“Ayaw namin mag-stick sa first six.”
When they face the much taller Kazakhstan on Friday, Vicente wants to see the grit and heart for which Pinoys are known.
“Pilitin din naming ma-scout sila (Kazakhstan). So pilitin naming maging maayos ‘yung magiging laro,” Vicente stated.
“Alam nating malalaki ‘yan, pero malalaki din naman tayo, malalaki ang puso natin.”