HOPING to sustain the gains of its historic run in the 30th Southeast Asian Games, the national men's volleyball team is set to sit down with Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas Inc. (LVPI) officials to hopefully plot the squad’s schedule of training and international competitions for 2020.
"Magmi-meet kami siguro third week ng January. I-plot natin ang buong taon,” said LVPI board member and national team program head Peter Cayco.
The Philippines on Tuesday achieved its first volleyball silver medal since 1977 and ended a 28-year wait for a podium finish in the biennial meet.
Right after losing to Indonesia in the gold medal match, the LVPI assured the squad that their hard work will be rewarded.
Details were not provided but coach Dante Alinsunurin said he is already coordinating with the LVPI.
"Kinausap ako ni sir Peter, ang sabi niya magtuluy-tuloy ang training namin,” said Alinsunurin, who has been the men's head coach since March.
As part of their SEA Games preparation, the Filipinos competed and bagged the bronze in the Thailand Open Sealect Tuna Volleyball Championship and went on a 16-day training camp in Japan.
"Yun ang hinihiling din namin na magtuluy-tuloy ang team na mag-training kasi importante talaga sa amin yun lalo na nasisimula pa lang kami,” said Alinsunurin.
"Siyempre kung gusto talaga naming i-angat ang laro namin, kailangan talaga namin na January mag-start na kami (with the training)," he added.