SPIKERS’ Turf Reinforced Conference MVP Ranran Abdilla believes that the talent-rich 20-man national pool will end up comprising team that hasa strong chance in the 30th Southeast Asian Games Philippines.
Abdilla, who campaigned in the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur where the team failed to reach the semifinals, admitted that their last stint was a missed chance because some of the stars, especially Marck Espejo, weren’t part of the team.
But now that the cream of the crop of men’s volleyball are part of the pool in Espejo joining Abdilla, Bryan Bagunas, John Vic de Guzman, Mark Alfafara and Jessie Lopez.
The Go for Gold-Air Force star Abdilla believes that this is their biggest chance.
“Ngayon kasi masarap pumunta sa giyera na kompleto yung bala mo yun ang masasabi ko,” said Abdilla.
The 27-year-old wing spiker admitted that national team head coach Dante Alinsunurin has a beautiful problem with a stacked pool also composed of Kim Dayandante, Joven Dela Vega, Rex Intal, Fauzi Ismail, Jack Kalingking, Jeffrey Malabanan, Kim Malabunga, Rikko Marmeto, Ricky Marcos, Ish Polvorosa, Francis Saura, Jayvee Sumagaysay, Peter Torres and Joshua Umandal.
And there’s a heathy competition in the wing spiker position.
“Lahat ng mga wingers namin competitive talaga kahit kami may healthy competition hindi kami nagrerelax,” said Abdilla, who was converted to opposite spiker from outside. “Ang maganda kasi ngayon kahit yung bench talagang malalim hindi ka gaanong mahihirapan.”
Besides having arguably the best of the best in the national pool, Abdilla is also glad with their preparation consistently training thrice a week for over three months, joined Spikers’ Turf and won bronze in Thailand Open Sealect Tuna Volleyball championships.
The veteran spiker is liking the chances of this squad but he wants to prove it first as they continue to grind going back to Thailand again from July 28 to August 10 for their first overseas training camp and will head to Japan from November 5-20 for the second part.
“Ayoko magsalita ng tapos pero more on work kami,” Abdilla said.