THERE’LL be no rest for the weary as coach Roger Gorayeb says the national team practice goes on as scheduled on Monday, a day after a tough five-set V-League final featuring some of his players on the squad bound for the Southeast Asian Games.
Seven of the 12 national team players saw action in the third match of the best-of-three V-League finals on Sunday won by PLDT.
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The players who saw action on Sunday were Open Conference Most Valuable Player Alyssa Valdez, and finals MVP Jaja Santiago, Gretchel Soltones, and Denden Lazaro of PLDT Home Ultera, and national team skipper Jovelyn Gonzaga, Rachel Anne Daquis, and Dindin Santiago-Manabat of Philippine Army.
“Tuluy-tuloy na. Wala nang pahinga,” said Gorayeb during the postmatch conference. “Nag-usap na kami last week pa na kahit anong mangyari, may practice na uli sa Monday.”
PLDT Home Ultera’s five-set win over Philippine Army ended the best-of-three series that began on May 21 and ended 10 days later after a one-week break between the second match and the series decider so that the match can be aired live on television.
With only four days to go before they left for Singapore, Gorayeb said he isn’t thinking about anything negative, including fatigue, going into their final preparations for the SEA Games.
“At this point, ayoko na mag-isip ng negative. Kung may sasabihin ako, baka hind maging maganda para sa amin. Basta kami maglalaro lang kami,” said Gorayeb.
National practice had been canceled one time, a day after the second match of the V-League finals.