WAS Johnvic de Guzman too hard on himself in his first try as a UAAP volleyball analyst?
The national men’s volleyball team captain tread unfamiliar territory on Wednesday when he was at the panel alongside Synjin Reyes, calling the match between University of the Philippines and Ateneo in the men’s division of the UAAP Season 82 volleyball tournament.
Although he’s been with the national team since 2017, and helped the Philippines capture the silver medal in the 30th Southeast Asian Games last year, de Guzman admitted that being a volleyball analyst is still a different job.
“Unang-una kinakapa ko pa ‘yung mga sasabihin ko, most of the players are rookies, so kailangan kilalanin ko isa-isa, kung anong position nila,” he said.
“Feeling ko kung ire-rate ko [ang sarili ko] ng 1 to 10, parang five pa lang. Hindi, as in, for me kailangan mas mag-improve pa when it comes sa pagbibigay ng comments sa mga players and sa mga situations during games,” he added.
De Guzman, who was once a courtside reporter and an analyst for the Philippine Super Liga, explained that he came as prepared for the game as the players themselves, ready for any unexpected happening.
Lucky for him, on his UAAP debut, he witnessed how UP pulled off an upset over former three-time champion Ateneo via a straight-set victory.
“Dito sa first time ko masaya naman kasi maganda naman ‘yung nangyari sa game though makikita mo ‘yung competitiveness sa teams talagang tumataas na yung level sa men’s volleyball,” he said.
His next time slot as an analyst is not yet confirmed, but de Guzman is hoping that by then he can overcome the jitters so he can give himself a higher score next time.
“For me kailangan mas mag improve pa when it comes sa pagbibigay ng comments sa mga players and sa mga situations during games,” he said.
“And hopefully ma-overcome ko ‘yung kaba ko kasi ganoon naman talaga kapag first timer, kakabahan ka talaga. Sana mawala ang kaba sa mga susunod na games,” he added.