Asian Games: Philippines’ ‘inexperience’ showed in loss to Thailand, says Valdez

first_img‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Peza offers relief to ecozone firms The volleybelles return to action Tuesday afternoon, playing another force in Japan this time as they hunt for that one win in group action that will shove them to the next round and make this trip worth it.“This is a good experience for us because we know we can beat Thailand,” coach Shaq delos Santos told Filipino scribes. “But we’re still in the process of rebuilding and hopefully, our performance improves as we go along.”And because it is experience and cohesion that this team is looking for, Delos Santos actually played all of his charges against the Thais, who dominated with impunity in the last two sets and ended the Filipinos’ agony in just over 70 minutes.Valdez knows that’s important for a team as young as they are while admitting that they’re really here for a goal they need to accomplish next year.“We have to know what we’re playing against, and experiencing it first hand means a lot,” she said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “Hopefully, we still have time,” Valdez said of the target, which is actually to beat the Thais next year in the Philippines and end their stranglehold of the Southeast Asian Games gold. “If we can get the experience, who knows?“Because in most cases, in tight games, the experienced teams almost always prevail.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It should, at the very least, dampen the spirits of the members of the team.But not Alyssa Valdez.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebracenter_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jordan Clarkson likens being PH flagbearer to being in NBA finals MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal SPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“The talent is there, you all saw that we can play with them,” Valdez told the Inquirer Sunday night, referring to a close first set shave the had the Filipinos blowing a 9-2 lead before losing, 25-22. “But our inexperience playing together as a team told heavily in the end.”Valdez believes that they are a work in progress and that nothing but success will follow if the powers-that-be in the sport will continue to keep them together and expose them to high-caliber tournaments. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Alyssa Valdez and Jaja Santiago of womens volleyball team of the Philippine celebrated after scoringThailand opponent during their first game in the 18th Asian Games Jakarta Palembang. Photo from PSCJAKARTA—The Philippine women’s volleyball team marked its return to Asian Games action on Sunday afternoon by getting a clinical dismantling from regional power Thailand.The straight sets loss certainly leaves a bad taste in the mouth, considering that people back home are expecting more from this glamorous all-star team to do better, never mind if it hasn’t played at this level in the last 36 years.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img

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