THREE-time UAAP MVP Marck Espejo is hardly concerned after being left off the national pool as his focus is on Ateneo’s campaign for a hat trick of titles in the UAAP.
“Siguro nung narinig ko iyon, para sa akin wala namang problem kasi siguro yung coach nila may mga plano talaga sa team nila na hindi ako kasama dun,” Espejo said.
Espejo said he was surprised at first with the non-inclusion to the national pool, but said he does not question the national coaches’ decision.
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“Syempre parang na-hurt konti pero nandun na din yan eh, kasi nag-iiba ng coach, panahon panahon din yan, and nag-iiba players, hindi lang sa UAAP may NCAA din, siguro may mas talented siguro. And siguro may mga players din talaga na mas gusto ng coach.”
The national volleyball federation earlier admitted failing to invite Espejo and three other Ateneo players and said a special tryout will be held for them, but the Ateneo star noted he puts school and the UAAP campaign on top of his priorities.
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“If binigyan ako ng chance makasama sa pool, siguro tapusin ko muna yung responsibilities ko sa school, sa UAAP, at sa pagaaral, and if kinuha nila ako after ng UAAP masarap sa pakiramdam,” said Espejo.