PSL-F2 Logistics Manila fell short in its FIVB Women’s Club World Championship debut against Brazilian team Rexona Sesc Rio on Tuesday, but got encouraging words after the experience.
Rexona Sesc Rio coach Bernardo Rezende said he saw a lot of positives from the host team's play despite a straight-sets 25-15, 25-13, 25-20 loss to his team, saying he was impressed with its attitude.
“The most important thing that I like about the team is they’re trying to help each other,” he said. “Owning up to their mistake, when they commit a mistake they say, ‘it’s my fault’ so I like it very much the attitude."
After a lopsided first two sets, F2 made strong start in the third set to take a 14-7 lead only to see the much-experienced Brazilian club respond with an 8-1 run to tie the score, 15-15.
Rezende said he hopes the game was a learning experience for the Filipinas who are not used to playing at this level.
Mika Reyes gave PSL-F2 Logistics Manila the lead briefly, 16-15, before Rexona Sesc Rio unloaded a 10-4 run to put the game away before rival fans at the Mall of Asia Arena.
“If there’s one thing that I always think, we never lose when we learn something,” said Rezende. “Just because the score sheet says that Rexona is three and (Philippines) is zero, but for some girls that didn’t play in this level is still learning in the experience.”
The Brazilian coach, who steered the Brazil men’s volleyball team to a gold medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics and in the 2004 Games in Athens, also praised three Filipinas who made an impression on him, namely setter Kim Fajardo, skipper Rachel Anne Daquis and middle blocker Jaja Santiago.
“I think the team played good, the setter is good, sometimes she plays fast and she’s a talented young player. Rachel when she came in (the game) she’s good and the public loves her and the middle blocker has a lot of potential, she’s a tall girl, it’s interesting to work (with her),” he added.
“But she (Santiago) has to play more on this level otherwise it’s tough. If you only play once a year at this level against these kinds of teams you don’t get as much experience.”