Roger Gorayeb refuses to cite fatigue as excuse, rues Pinay spikers' shaky reception
"Hindi kami talaga maka-receive," rues PH coach Roger Gorayeb. Freddie Dionisio

COACH Roger Gorayeb offered no excuses after the Philippines' straight-sets loss to Chinese Taipei in the classification phase of the Asian Under-23 Women's Volleyball Championship, but admitted the hosts were drained after a tough stand against China the night before.

“We cannot make excuses for our loss,” said Gorayeb, moments after the 17-25, 19-25, 20-25 defeat - their second to Chinese Taipei in the tournament.

But more than fatigue, the national coach said it was the Philippines' inability to receive properly that hastened their downfall against the Taiwanese.

The Philippine team only had 10 excellent receptions in the entire match, while Chinese Taipei had 25.

“Hindi biro ang pinagdaanan namin sa China,” he added. “Pero no excuse hindi talaga kami maka-receive.”

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Skipper Alyssa Valdez echoed the sentiments of her veteran mentor, saying the team lacked the most basic skill in volleyball.

“The team lacked the service (and) receive,” said the 21-year old pride of San Juan, Batangas.

“And we had so many errors,” added Valdez, referring to their 31 team errors compared to 26 for Chinese Taipei.

The loss notwithstanding, Gorayeb said she is proud of the team's performance.

“I would like to make it clear, I am very much proud of what the Philippine team has achieved,” he said, his voice shaking.

“They played their hearts out,” he added. “We, the coaching staff, are proud of what these girls have achieved. Wala na ako mahihiling pa, masayang masaya na ako.”

The Philippines will face the loser of the match between India and Iran in a consolation battle for the seventh spot on Saturday to round out its stint in the tournament.

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