TOKYO—Jia Morado and Alyssa Valdez had to cut short their national team training camp, but the two believe that they made the most of the time they spent here.
The Creamline duo had to return to Manila after just five of the 12 days of training camp to be in Manila for the Cool Smashers’ PVL Season 3 Open Conference semifinals clash against Motolite.
But despite the limited time with the team in the build-up for the Southeast Asian Games next month, Morado and Valdez were able to play in two tune-up games.
“We really made the most of what we could do with the five days [here],” said Morado, who left with Valdez around 9:30 a.m. from their hotel in Sagamihara to catch their 2:30 p.m. flight back to Manila on a rainy Friday.
Morado used her time in the training camp to adjust and develop chemistry with her hitters, as well as absorb the game pace of the Japanese, with it being the goal of the squad.
“Siyempre iba pa rin if months before kami nakapag-prepare,” said Morado, who is making her second SEA Games stint since donning the tricolors in Singapore in 2015.
“Di naman namin lahat mahahabol ngayon sa five days or two weeks dito pero ang coaching staff naman namin and the team we know naman ang goal namin for this trip.
“We wanna make the most out of training, every opportunity we can get to learn from the Japanese.”
Just like what head coach Shaq delos Santos stressed, Morado in her short stay saw the improvement of the team.
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