MANILA, Philippines – Totos Carlos is honored to wear the jersey of the Philippine women’s volleyball team for the first time in his career.
And the Premier Volleyball League MVP hopes that the next time he wears the Philippine flag on his chest will be an international tournament.
“I’m really happy. I’m really dreaming of playing for the (national) team and I hope next time I get the chance to play again,” said Carlos, who scored two points in the Philippines 13-25, 10-25, 16. Juan Arena lost to Thailand in an international friendly match -25.
Asked if he was open to representing the country in the future, Carlos said he would take the opportunity to help the national team by eliminating any schedule conflicts.
“It simply came to our notice then. So if I can and there will be no conflict, for sure, I will go, ”he said.
Carlos tried for the national team in 2018 when coach Ramil de Jesus was given the responsibility of leading the team but he resigned. He was called to the training pool in 2019, but it did not end there.
Although it was an exhibition game, watching Thailand’s world-class level in volleyball was a great experience at Standout University in the Philippines.
“This is my first time playing for the national team against the international squad. I really appreciate the system that they (Thailand) have. Their system is really progressive, they have a lot of great young players, “he said.
National team coach Jorge Shuja de Brito praised Carlos and Aduke Ogunsania, saying they played with great pride for the country.
“They’re doing really well, not just them, but the other guys,” said the Brazilian coach.
Alyssa Valdez, a longtime member of the Philippine team, agrees with her coach.
“They had a good performance. “You see, they really want to play for the country,” Valdez said of Carlos and Ogunsania.
Carlos will host another exhibition match for the Philippines against Asian Powerhouse Japan on Sunday at 4 p.m.
“I am really grateful for the opportunity. We really have to work on our game and be ready for tomorrow, ”he said.
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