F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus said his players’ divided attention was one of the causes for their flat start in the Philippine Super Liga All-Filipino Conference.
Key players Aby Marano, Kim Fajardo and Dawn Macandili are part of the national team, which is preparing for the AVC Asian Women’s Seniors Championship and Southeast Asian Games in August.
“Hindi ko rin masisi gawa ng malapit na ang SEA Games,” said de Jesus.
The defending champion was on an unfamiliar territory when it finished third with only one win and two losses in a four-team group stage.
The Cargo Movers got back on its feet and started the second round with an easy win over Cocolife, 25-16, 25-12, 25-16, on Saturday at The Arena in San Juan.
Marano, Fajardo and Macandili are working double time to fulfill their duties both for their club team and to the country.
“Actually thankful si coach Francis (Vicente, national team) sa team namin kasi nagpapahiram kami ng players sa practice nila every morning,” shared de Jesus.
“Pero sabi ko nitong mga nakaraang araw, bawi tayo sa training kasi naunahan kami ng dalawang talo sa group namin, kasi hindi ko maalis na ang focus nila. Hati eh,” he added.
The veteran mentor pointed out that it is difficult for them to train without Fajardo, his reliable setter on the court.
“Okay lang sana kung spiker eh, pero pag setter kasi siya ang playmaker so mabigat sa team kung wala si Kim,” said de Jesus.