MANILA, Phillippines—Group Rebisco, which is actually the boys’s nationwide volleyball group, had a bittersweet run within the 2021 AVC Asian Males’s Membership Volleyball Championship successful only one sport in 5 outings.
The Philippines scored a five-set win over Sri Lanka’s CEB Sports activities Membership within the ninth place classification match of the match in what grew to become the capper to Joshua Umandal’s inspiring run within the continental tiff.
With out exterior spikers Bryan Bagunas and Marck Espejo, who’re taking part in Japan’s V.League, Group Rebisco relied on the 22-year-old from College of Santo Tomas, who led the Filipinos with 28 factors towards the Sri Lankans.
Head coach Dante Alinsunurin stated that whereas his group completed with an total 1-4 file, the ninth place end is simply the beginning for them.
“That is our first publicity and we hope to develop into higher for the following version,” stated Alinsunurin. “We’re longing for the continued rise of the extent of Philippine volleyball on its return to the worldwide scene.”
The Asian Membership Championship was additionally the group’s first worldwide match since its silver medal end within the 2019 Southeast Asian Video games, throughout which Espejo and Bagunas had been the principle offensive threats whereas Umandal largely performed as an alternative.
Nationwide group veteran John Vic de Guzman stated taking part in towards the highest membership groups in Asia proved the group can compete.
“Maybe the most important lesson we’ll take is to pounce on whoever is on the opposite aspect every time we are able to,” stated de Guzman. “After this, I do know we have to work on our composure and on our concentrate on all the pieces we do.”
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