The PH volleyball team hopes to replicate the Thai blueprint for success

PH volleyballs gather around coach Jorge Edson Souza de Brito (left to fifth) during the losing match against Indonesia.  - Photo taken from the Asian Volleyball Confederation

File – Players from the Philippine national women’s volleyball team gather around coach Jorge Edson Souza de Brito (left to fifth) in the losing match against Indonesia. Photo taken from the Asian Volleyball Confederation

MANILA, Philippines – Thailand remains unstoppable at the Southeast Asian level and is making waves in the Volleyball Nations League after stunning world No. 2 China with a 3-1 start to Week 1 in Turkey.

In their international friendly match at the San Juan Arena on Saturday, a few days before the Week 2 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, the Thais rarely managed to dominate a well-known enemy, the Philippine women’s volleyball team, 25-13, 25-10, 25-16. .

The Philippine women’s volleyball team has yet to end a medal drought at the SEA Games since winning bronze in 2005 and losing to Thailand in multiple tournaments.

For national team coach Jorge Shuja de Brito, one of the main problems for the Philippines in volleyball is its international calendar.

“It’s difficult to talk about it because thinking about our international schedule, it’s not easy to explain. It’s a long way and a hard way, “said the Brazilian coach.

De Brito was tapped as a consultant in 2021 and coached National University players Bella Belen, Ivy Lacsina, Jennifer Nierova, Alyssa Solomon, Camille Cal, University of Santo Thomas star Aya Lore and Atenio Speaker Faith Nisperos.

However, due to the conflict with the ongoing UAAP season 84, the youth-carrying team was replaced after seeing action at the 2021 Asian Club Championships for the 31st SEA Games in Hanoi, Vietnam.

The head coach of the national team stressed the importance of strengthening the international schedule.

“But we have to find out because by making such adjustments in the future, you will rise above our level,” De Brito said.

Brazil’s 1992 Olympic medalist said Thailand had reached this high level because of its preparation and commitment to the program.

“They are ready to play in VNL and for that they have used SEA games. They have been practicing in the national team for a long time. They are at a really good level, ”he said.

For longtime national team member Alyssa Valdez, who recently played in their fourth-place finish in Hanoi, the Thai level is really different and the federation and stakeholders will only have to invest in the program until it reaches a higher level.

“I think we really need to invest in our program. I have been playing with this team for a long time since we are under 16 years old. I have seen how their program goes to different countries, to different tournaments, “said Valdez.

The Crimeline Cool Smasher says the national program has not stopped working to reach higher levels. The Philippine women’s volleyball squad really needs more international play and even such friendly play.

“Hopefully after that experience, we can improve and keep that chemistry and be organized as a team,” he said.

Valdez said the Filipino Spykers would make the most of their international friendly game against Japan on Sunday as part of their development.

“We are very fortunate and grateful for this opportunity. We played against them in the SEA games, they went here to befriend us after their VNL promotion, ”he said. “Every time we play against them, we learn a lot. We also get new inspiration and inspiration as players and as a team.”

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