Francis Vicente hoping current Philippine women's volleyball team would be retained for future int'l events
"Siguro sa susunod na SEA Games, iba na 'yung resulta," says coach Francis Vicente after the Philippines' fourth place finish in women's volleyball. Jaime Campos

KUALA LUMPUR — Coach Francis Vicente is batting for the Philippine women's volleyball team squad to be retained to continue its development for future international competition.

The team is led by skipper Mika Reyes, Jovelyn Gonzaga and Jaja Santiago.

Vicente said retaining the current members of the national team that competed in the Asian Senior Volleyball Championship and the SEA Games will be beneficial to the improvement of the Philippines in its standing in Southeast Asia.

Dawn Macandili and Denden Lazaro are also in the team along with Kim Fajardo, Gen Casugod, Maika Ortiz, Rhea Dimaculangan, Aiza Pontillas and Ces Molina.

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"Buwag nang buwag ng team, hindi maganda," said Vicente.

"Kung gusto mo makuha 'yung target mo, maintain mo. Sa akin lang naman, magaling silang lahat, kulang lang sa experience."

Vicente also said a bigger pool of players would be ideal.

"Kung kaya madagdagan, dagdagan natin. Much better. Pero wag tayo basta-basta magtatanggal ng players. Kung hindi, babalik tayo sa zero," said Vicente.

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Vicente noted the importance of the carrying the gains of the team's preparation this year into the future.

"Nakita ko naman na 'yung fighting mode, nandoon. Lumalaban sila, hindi sila bumibitaw hanggang sa huli. 'Yun nga lang, kailangan maging composed tayo kapag naglalaro tayo. Lagi natin minamadali 'yung laro. Dapat dahan dahan lang," Vicente said.

The Philippines finished fourth place in the six-team SEA Games, a spot higher than the finish two years ago.

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"It's an improvement. On my side, I'm happy. Semis is semis. It's a big improvement. It’s a lift. Siguro sa susunod na SEA Games, iba na 'yung resulta," said Vicente.

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"'Yung fighting spirit, nandoon na. Makikita natin na lumalaban tayo sa laro. Minsan hindi natin nakukuha 'yng gusto natin. Konting experience at exposure pa. 'Yung fighting mode, medyo bitin pa pero meron na."

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