PHILIPPINE coach Roger Gorayeb turned emotional on Tuesday night as he rued the officiating in the hosts' four-set defeat at the hands of Chinese Taipei in the 2015 Asian Under-23 Women’s Volleyball Championship.
Teary-eyed after the 21-25, 25-18, 25-12, 25-19 loss to Chinese Taipei, the Philippine coach ruled that crucial calls by referees from Korea and Macau stopped their momentum each time the team made a run.
Gorayeb said he felt the team's performance was enough to beat Taipei on the day.
“There were crucial calls against us,” said Gorayeb during the post-match press conference. “Hindi ko malaman kung bakit. We were almost there and then all of a sudden, there were calls that went…
“Hay naku, mahirap magsalita. Mabigat kasi, nanghihinayang ako sa effort ng mga players. Nandoon na tapos biglang may tatawag na alanganin, magugulat ka. Hindi ko alam kung bakit.”
Gorayeb specifically mentioned several net violations called against the Philippines, some of which came just as the Pinay spikers were building some momentum.
The national head coach believed the touch net violations should not have been called because it was the net which came into contact with the hands of his blockers, and not the other way around.
“Very, very crucial,” Gorayeb said. “Nag-iiba ‘yung tempo ng laro eh. Hindi ko naman sila puwedeng sabihan pero matanda na ako sa volleyball. Okay, may touch net, pero touch net na ‘yung kamay tumama sa net.
“Pero may palo na tumama sa net na ‘yung net ang tumama sa kamay ng blocker. Hindi mo puwedeng tawagan ng touch net ‘yun.
“Nandoon ‘yung beauty of the game na nandoon na na-block, patay, sigawan ang mga tao, and then all of a sudden, may pito. This is the first international tournament here and I’m surprised na may ganoon pala.”
Gorayeb nonetheless said he was happy with the play of his wards even if the loss relegated the Philippines to a quarterfinal match against mighty China.
“Wala kaming magagawa. We just have to understand. We were almost there,” said Gorayeb.