WOMEN’s national volleyball team head coach Shaq Delos Santos seeks to strengthen the team chemistry of his wards as their 12-day training camp begins in Tokyo, Japan.
Delos Santos and 12 of his 14 women on the squad, composed of Alyssa Valdez, Jia Morado, Aby Marano, Kalei Mau, Majoy Baron, Mika Reyes, Mylene Paat, Rhea Dimaculangan, Maddie Madayag, Ces Molina, Dawn Macandili and Kath Arado, arrived safely on Sunday via Philippine Airlines and took a two-hour bus ride to their hotel in Sagamihara.
Eya Laure, Jovelyn Gonzaga and assistant coach Kungfu Reyes will fly in on Wednesday, while Roselyn Doria and Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, who didn’t make it to the Final Cut, also flew with the team as reserves to lend a hand.
After having a much-needed rest, the grind begins on Monday as Delos Santos focuses on the building the team’s cohesiveness.
“Ang gagawin pa namin ay kung paano makapaglaro ulit as one team,” Delos Santos said. “‘Yun ang ina-adjust namin kasi skills-wise meron na naman sila. Yung gagawin na lang namin ay kung paano mapatakbo ang team kasi yun ang kailangan namin.”
The twice-a-day training starts Monday for the Filipina Spikers, who will play Kashiwa Angel Cross on Tuesday as the first of their five scheduled tune-up games.
“I think magiging intense kasi ang mga susunod na araw pero definitely tomorrow (Monday) yung mga adjustments lang ng players and kami, ang adjustment lang ng team [ang aayusin],” the national coach said. “More on morning conditioning muna and then ball training kami sa hapon kasi the next day may tuneup na.”