Coach Ramil de Jesus seeks support of schools, team owners in forming national women's team
“Kailangan ko ng support, hindi lang sa players, pati doon sa mga team owners, schools na gustong tumulong at tulungan din ang national team,” said coach Ramil de Jesus. Marlo Cueto

COACH Ramil de Jesus is asking support from team owners and school officials to help form a solid national women’s volleyball team for three international tournaments.

“Hindi ko naman kayang gawin ‘yun na ima-magic ko lang,” said De Jesus, tasked to form and coach a team that is expected to see action in the Asian Games in Indonesia in August, the AVC Asian Women’s Seniors in Thailand in September and the 30th SEA Games in Manila next year.

“Kailangan ko ng support, hindi lang sa players, pati doon sa mga team owners, schools na gustong tumulong at tulungan din ang national team.”

De Jesus says the tryouts are open, and hopes top players who were not invited would show up.

“‘Yung lahat ng nakikita ko sa PSL, PVL, and UAAP, even sa NCAA, so talagang ininvite ko personal, pinadalhan ko ng letter,” he explained.

“So siguro meron din akong na-overlook na hindi ko na-invite. Sana ‘wag mag-tampo, mag-punta rin sa another tryout,” he added.

Eighteen players showed up for the tryout on Friday at Arellano Gym led by early birds Cha Cruz-Behag, Dindin Santiago-Manabat, CJ Rosario, MJ Phillips and Rebecca Rivera.

Also present were Aby Maraño, Jaja Santiago, Mylene Paat, Kim Dy, Majoy Baron, Dawn Macandili, Ara Galang, Kim Fajardo, Mel Gohing, Sisi Rondina and Maika Ortiz, while Alyssa Valdez and Jia Morado.

Meanwhile, Mika Reyes, Tots Carlos, Isa Molde, Bea de Leon, Maddie Madayag, Joanna Maraguinot, Kath Arado, Jasmin Nabor and Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza were also included in De Jesus’ wish list but did not show up due to prior commitments.

A second tryout will be on Wednesday at the same venue.

“Unang-una, ‘yung totoong feelings, pressure,” he said. “Pero syempre ‘yung big responsibility, naka-pasan na ‘yun sa shoulder ko.”

“So hindi madaling trabaho, pero dahil siguro kailangan na nating ayusin ‘yung national team, and then siguro kailangan ng unity para maayos,” he added.

There are volleyball officials who oppose the participation of the Philippines in this year’s big events because of the lack of time to prepare, and the plan has been criticized on social media, but De Jesus shrugged it off and says he is determined to help the national federation.

“Well ako, hindi ako ma-social media na tao. So, kung ano ‘yung gusto nilang sabihin, pwede namang sabihin. Akin naman, hindi mawawala ang critics, andyan lagi ‘yan,” he said.

“Ang punta ko dito naman, ayusin ‘yung national team, and then kung sino gustong tumulong, bago mag-salita, tumulong na muna,” he added.

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