KASHIWA Angel Cross showed a solid service game that the Philippine Women’s Volleyball team could not overcome, scoring a 25-18, 23-25, 18-25, 13-25, 12-15 victory on Tuesday at the Kashiwanoha community gymnasium.
The Angel Cross also displayed their speed, taking advantage of the Philippines’ struggles on floor defense to win four of five sets in the Filipinas’ first of five scheduled tuneup matches for the Southeast Asian Games.
“Yung receive. Yung first ball namin ang kailangan naming i-improve,” said Philippine women’s team coach Shaq Delos Santos. “Yun ang isang goal namin, paano i-handle ang ganoong sitwasyon especially kung ang kalaban mo consistent sa service and talagang may target.”
The Nationals had a great start with wing spikers Alyssa Valdez, Mylene Paat and Kalei Mau providing the fire power on offense, while middle blockers Majoy Baron and Aby Marano playing solid net defense to take the first set and even had a 7-1 start in the second frame but could not sustain the run.
“Yung speed nila, makikita mo naman ‘yung galaw nila unlike sa Pilipinas. Dito never ka dapat mag-stop hangga’t yung bola nagtutuloy. Hindi yung kada commit stop ka, dapat tuluy tuloy yung galaw natin,” Delos Santos said.
After the tune-up match, the Filipina Spikers proceeded to do weight training.
“Kailangan i-accept namin at i-challege namin ang sarili namin na kailangan lagi kaming may first ball,” Delos Santos said. “Kasi kapag nagkaka-first ball kami at maganda ang receive definitely mayroon tayong magandang atake.”
The Nationals seek to address their service reception and other lapses in their next scheduled friendly-match against Gunma Bank Green Wings on Thursday in Gunma, a two-hour bus ride from where the team is staying.