I’ve been busy as you guys can see cause I’m making sulit my volleyball vacation or break. Why? Well, let’s see. What’s in store for the coming months? V-League, UAAP, National Open, Intercollegiate, Home and Away and a lot more so it is but fitting that I used that break to rest myself. And thus, I’m back and so as V-League. How was my break so far? Well, my Green Archers lost to a mightier Ateneo Blue Eagles but no worries, they deserved that. I’m still sad though but not that much. Aside from that, I’ve been meeting a lot of people lately and I’m quite happy with that. I got injured from one of my practices but it’s healing now. Maybe one of the reasons why I’m not gonna go that much to volleyball venues. Haha. And lastly, I miss the volleyball community. Haha. It’s been like 3 or 4 months since I last updated things.
As the Asian Youth Volleyball Tournament unfolded last week, there were doubts if I am going to write again for this site and the other which I will not plug it here. I am deciding if the trainings, studies and family affairs, since All Saints’ Day and Christmas is nearing, will affect my schedule. Since I love the sport and the players, I decided to give it one more year. For some reason, I just love volleyball that’s why I can’t leave the sport, though there were rumors about me leaving the field. Haha.
The National Youth Team ended at Eight Place, fair enough for a team which was just formed last summer by Coach Francis Vicente. I honestly think that given more time and exposure we can do more especially if you have Alyssa Santiago and Patty Jane Orendain in the team. Well, meaning higher than being the last place in the quarterfinals. The team is quite good and tall, but it still bothers me why not get some of the rookies of the upcoming UAAP who are under eighteen like Miss Jamenea Ferrer of Ateneo, Miss Maria Paulina Soriano of Adamson, Miss Melissa Gohing of La Salle or Miss Micah Ortiz of UST? I’m sure, they will be allowed if ever since it’s for the country and not for some stupid tournament. I am not questioning Coach Francis but I think it would have been better if we got experienced high school players.
The 2nd edition of the 5th season the most popular volleyball tournament in the land, Shakey’s V-League, is in my opinion, will be one of the most exciting ever. The tournament is very unpredictable since you have no view or no knowledge of who are the rookies and new key players of each team. Rightfully, you don’t know which team improved or have well, in a way, leveled down their style of play. Oh yeah, what made it exciting also is being an All-Filipino conference, which other fans would love to happen. Looking at the roster of guest players, I must say that schools are indeed investing a lot just to have a competitive team in the V-League. There’s the comeback of Coach Michelle Laborte, who by the way tied Miss Jaroensri Bualee since she will play for the fourth time for Ateneo. Aside from her, there’s the comebacking Miss Carissa Gotis for La Salle. The last time she played in the V-League, it was a very unfortunate thing since she suffered an ACL injury. I believe that was the time when the mighty Lady Archers still had the Carolino sisters, Miss Desiree Hernandez, Miss Maureen Penetrante, etc. as key players. But no worries, as her team won the championship in that conference. Of course, Miss Mary Jean Balse and Miss Venus Bernal will add spice to a rookie laid back UST team like Adamson who will have Miss Nerissa Bautista, last conference’s MVP as guest player. And yeah, another thing, the new balls! I’m excited since this is the first time in the Philippines that they will use the new balls. Expect players to “make kapa” at first since it’s new and it will really affect the game play, but as they use it more, they will get used to it.
I think I said a lot as my welcoming back speech. Haha. Anyways, I hope you guys support V-League and volleyball more often. Haay. It’s good to be back. Expect more from me this conference!
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