By Betheena Unite
Now that the Philippine men’s volleyball team has the chance to make yet another history, its members vow they won’t let the golden opportunity slip through their fingers.
The Nationals promise to give it their all when they take on Indonesia at 6 p.m. Tuesday for the gold medal in the 30th Southeast Asian Games at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.
“Nandito na kami kung kailangang hindi namin bitiwan, hindi namin bibitiwan ito hanggang makuha namin yung goal namin,” the PH coach Dante Alinsunurin said.
The nationals will also seek to avenge their only loss in the tournament and end the Philippines’ 42-year drought in the Southeast Asian Games after settling for the silver against Burma during the 9th SEAG in Kuala Lumpur in 1977.
Top gun Marck Espejo said they will use the historic victory against Thailand 17-25, 25-20, 23-25, 27-25, 17-15 last Sunday as fuel to their fire.
“Motivation siguro yung pagkapanalo namin against Thailand, ito yung gagamitin naming. Saka siyempre last game na ‘to, finals na. Binuhos na namin sa semifnals, nandito na kami, hindi na namin pababayaan ‘to. All out na talaga. Yung nangyari ngayon history na, yung tomorrow, iba na,” Espejo said.
“Siyempre gusto naming bumawi at babawi talaga kami,” said Rex Intal, who was fielded in for the first time in their game against Thailand, producing six points.
Alinsunurin said losing against Indonesia25-23, 32-30, 25-20 in the preliminary round gave them the chance to revisit their mistakes and turn them into advantage, adding the Indonesians really caught them off guard.
“Nung una nagulat talaga kami sa laro ng Indonesia kasi hindi talaga namin akalain na magiging ganun yung sistema ng paglalaro nila. Ngayon gagawa kami ng game plan kung anong adjustments ang puwede naming gawin sa loob basta importante lang talaga yung adjustment ng mga players namin at yung communication,” Alinsunurin said.