MANILA, Philippines – Dante Alinsunurin’s men may have fallen to 0-2 at the 2021 AVC Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship, but Team Rebisco’s head coach believed they weren’t going to go down without a fight.
Team Rebisco, which is essentially the Philippines men’s national team, lost to Uzbek club AGMK in four sets, 24-26, 25-23, 25-18, 25-19, in a match that Alinsunurin considered more of a revelation than a loss.
“Although we lost today, the bottom line is that I have seen how everyone can deliver when asked,” Alinsunurin said Saturday after his match at Terminal 21 in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.
He added that the match generated more competition within the teams among his players.
“The friendly competition within the team will be much more intense now that I know whoever it takes will really act.”
Young star Joshua Umandal, who was relegated to a supporting role in the silver medal campaign during the 2019 Southeast Asia Games, has shown his true potential for the Philippines as the team’s top scoring option in the absence of the attackers. opened Bryan Umandal and Marck Espejo.
The Santo Tomas University product led Team Rebisco in scoring in two games so far, averaging 13 points per game: seven points in the Philippines’ first game against Sirjan Foulad and 19 against AGMK.
Nico Almendras also proved to be a reliable secondary scoring 14 points against the Uzbeks, while veteran Mark Alfafara had seven.
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