Weary PH team tapers off in training to guard against fatigue ahead of SEA Games battles
The Philippine women's volleyball team will start their SEA Games campaign on Thursday. Jaime Campos

PHILIPPINE coach Francis Vicente set up a different training regimen to keep his weary wards sharp and fresh at the same time for the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Coming from a 17-day training camp in Japan, the national team saw action in the 19th AVC Asian Senior Women’s Championship in Binan, Laguna from August 9-17 before they flew to Malaysia with only one day rest.

Arriving in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, Vicente made the most of the schedule assigned to the team as they face Malaysia on Thursday and Vietnam on Friday.

”Coming from a tournament that is very long, isang araw lang ang pahinga and then biyahe ulit, it’s very tiring,” he said.

“So ngayon pumukpok muna sa (training), maya-maya magre-relax sila and then meron silang different training sa tubig naman, and then buhat ulit parang maintenance na lang,” he added.

Meanwhile, Vicente still implements the no media interview policy as he wants his wards’ full focus on what’s ahead of them.

The team is hoping to improve from the Philippines’ fifth place finish in the 2015 Singapore edition of the biennial meet.

“Paghahandaan namin, pag-aaralan namin mabuti ang games kasi every game counts,” he said. “Pipilitin namin magkaron ng medal.”

If the Philippines sweeps the pool stage, it will advance to the semifinals.

But if the Philippines drops a game, it will need to beat either Malaysia or Vietnam and hope the other gets a 1-1 win-loss card, while the other gets a 0-2 card. 

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