Vicente hoping social media blackout will keep PH players dialed in on task
The players were not present at the event's press conference. "Hangga’t maaari kasi (gusto ko) nakafocus sila para ang natutunan namin sa Japan hindi mawala sa mind nila and sa puso nila,” says coach Francis Vicente. Jaime Campos

ALTHOUGH the players have been reconnecting with fans on social media upon arrival from Japan training, Philippine women’s volleyball team coach Francis Vicente is confident they are fully focused on 19th AVC Asian Senior Women’s Championship which the country is hosting.

“Yes (no phones pa rin), we are very strict with that kind of discipline,” said Vicente. “Kasi 'yan ‘yung nakakasira kasi, ang social media, 'yung Facebook minsan madaming comments na hindi maganda, nagba-bash.”

“Mahirap sa part nila ’yun, sa mga players syempre they are trying their best in everything to meet the expectation of the fans and everybody,” he added.

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It has been almost a week since the women’s national team returned from its Japan training camp and Vicente is hoping to bring back the same level of focus that they had in their 17-day trip abroad.

Only the coaches of the 14 participating teams attended the media briefing unlike the usual tandem of the coach and team captain.

“‘Yun 'yung (gusto ko) ire-refocus ko (sila) kasi sa abroad talagang mentally ready sila, wala silang makakausap kundi ang kapwa player nila hindi katulad dito madami silang nakakausap,” said Vicente during the press conference on Tuesday.

“Medyo naghihigpit ako in terms sa training hangga’t maaari kasi (gusto ko) naka-focus sila para ang natutunan namin sa Japan hindi mawala sa mind nila and sa puso nila,” he added.

The Philippine women’s volleyball team arrived on Wednesday and were allowed to be with their families for only one day, staying together at Orchid Garden Suites in Manila from August 4 to 6 before moving to Crimson Hotel in Alabang on Monday.

The Philippines is in Pool A with Kong and Kazakhstan, needing to finish in the top two to reach the quarterfinals.

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