NATIONAL players refuse to get affected by a sudden change in the coaching staff, keeping a positive outlook in their buildup for future local and international tournaments.
Sixteen players, led by Aby Maraño, Jaja Santiago, and Mika Reyes, attended a tryout that was held on Tuesday at Arellano University gym in Legarda, Manila under newly appointed national team coach Shaq delos Santos.
Delos Santos became the man in charge after Ramil de Jesus, who has already a round of tryouts for the team bound for the Asian Games in August, stepped down without much of an explanation.
Maraño, an F2 Logistics middle blocker who was among the first to know about the sudden change in coaching staff, admitted that, as players, they just have to move on.
“Positive pa rin kami, whether nagpalit ng coach o hindi. Dapat hindi kami maapektuhan. Sa kanila na 'yun eh, ang kailangan namin mag-focus sa ensayo para magpalakas at magpahusay pa,” said Maraño.
“Magulo, siyempre, ganoon 'yung nangyari. Personal na decision 'yun ni coach Ramil eh so we all respect that. Ang laki talaga ng responsibilty niya sa mga teams niya,” she added.
Denden Lazaro, Kim Fajardo, Majoy Baron, Dawn Macandili, Kianna Dy, Rebecca Rivera, Dindin Santiago-Manabat, Sisi Rondina, Mylene Paat, Rhea Dimaculangan, Ces Molina, Maika Ortiz and CJ Rosario were the other players who showed up in the tryouts.
Alyssa Valdez, Tots Carlos, Bea de Leon, Jia Morado, Kath Arado, Royse Tubino, Lourdes Clemente, Myla Pablo, Elaine Casilag, Jasmin Nabor, Maddie Madayag, Cha Cruz-Behag, Ara Galang, Mel Gohing, Rachel Anne Daquis, Jhoana Maraguinot, Isa Molde, Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza weren't around on Tuesday.
For Japan-bound Foton stalwart Santiago, she hopes for a consistent system that would be implemented in the country’s volleyball program.
But like Maraño, Santiago said that there’s nothing they can do but to keep going.
“Sa aming mga players kailangan lang naman namin maging open sa lahat kasi there’s no permanent naman talaga and ‘yun nga syempre kami mga players susunod lang kami kung ano papagawa samin ng coaches ng staff,” said Santiago.
“Okay lang naman na may pagbabago kasi si coach Shaq din naman is one of the best coaches din dito sa Pilipinas so go lang,” she added.
Reyes, a Petron middle blocker, and Cocolife libero Lazaro share the same thoughts.
The two were the most optimistic among the players.
“Yes, may enough time pa naman. Wala namang mangyayari kung magpa-panic kami. Pa-kondisyon lang palagi,” said Reyes.
“Nabigla ako na nagpalit ulit ng coach (but) we’re in good hands naman with coach Shaq. He's a good coach, he has a good system. I'm looking forward to working with him,” said Lazaro.