PLDT team captain John Vic De Guzman was extremely devastated that he had to sit out the Power Hitters’ win-or-go-home match-up against defending champions Go For Gold-Air Force Jet Spikers, Tuesday.
De Guzman had to sit out the match as he had injured his right foot after landing badly on Kheeno Franco’s left foot in PLDT’s last elimination round game against Philippine Coast Guard last October 1.
Sitting helplessly on the sidelines, the 6-foot-2 opposite spiker witnessed how the Jet Spikers ran over his Power Hitters in just four sets.
And the fact that he couldn’t suit up for war with his brothers-in-arms tore him even more.
“Masakit sa pakaramdam kasi parang nakikita mo ‘yung mga teammates mo na naglalaro,” said the product of St. Benilde.
“Oo, may mga times na magaganda yung ginagawa nila. Pero mas masakit sa feeling ‘yung wala kang nagawa para sa kanila.
“Kaso ayun nga, may mga hindi inaasahang pangyayari na ganito na ‘di naman nating pwede ipilit kasi mamaya lumala,” he continued.
Despite the loss, he still sees a lot to be grateful for. “Thankful pa din ako na natapos yung stint namin na walang na-injured [sa kanila].”
With this, De Guzman will now try to focus on things that he can control — to heal properly and gear up for the Philippine Men’s National Volleyball Team’s Southeast Asian Games campaign this November.
“Pero since ‘yun nga… Right now focus na lang muna ako sa National team.”