NATIONAL coach Roger Gorayeb admitted the inexperience of the Philippine national team showed during their first match in the 2014 Asian Under-23 Women’s Volleyball Championship on Friday.
Gorayeb saw the hastily formed Philippine squad go toe-to-toe with fancied Iran in all four sets only to break down into errors in the final stretch - a sign the players lacked the experience to do well at this level, the coach said.
“We almost had the (first) two sets except for those elementary mistakes,” Gorayeb said. “’Yung pagiging inexperienced, ayaw namin lumabas kanina. We expect it to come out in the first few sets but not in the latter part.”
Despite having more attacks (148-118), the Philippines committed more unforced errors, 40-27, en route to the 22-25, 22-25, 25-19, 20-25 loss to the higher-ranked Iranians.
Alyssa Valdez echoed Gorayeb’s statements, pointing to the fourth set which saw the Philippines suddenly face just moments after winning the third, 25-19, following a run led by the Ateneo star.
In contrast, Iran knew how to win the points that mattered, Valdez said.
“Pinakita talaga nila ‘yung experience. They really held on tight sa last few points and medyo kami, as an inexperienced team, doon kami nag-error. ‘Yun ang lesson na dapat naming matutunan,” Valdez said.
Gorayeb said he is generally satisfied with the play of her wards despite the errors since the Philippines is playing in the international stage for the first time in a long while.
“It’s natural to commit errors in the first set. Understandable for us coaches because this is a young team and playing for the first time against a strong and tall team like Iran. Talagang we need to practice more for a long period of time."
The veteran coach said things are bound to turn for the better for the team.
“We are still happy with the performance of the girls despite having only three weeks of training. This team really has a big potential,” Gorayeb said.