Philippine star Kalei Mau believes that the national team program is on the right track after team Choco Mucho’s sixth place at the Asian Volleyball Confederation Women’s Club Asian Volleyball Championship 2021 at Rakhon Natchasima in Thailand.
“I think the future of the Philippine volleyball program will be very bright as we continue to educate each other and build on the program,” Mau said. “The younger girls showed really fantastic performances and if we continue to build a core, I think we can improve.”
Team Choco Mucho lost to Central Asian powerhouse Zhetysu, winner of nine Kazakh national titles, in three sets, 25-14, 25-11, 25-23, in the fifth-place qualifying match, settling for sixth place at the tournament. He put on a last-minute fight in the third set, coming back from a 22-15 deficit and tying the set at 23 overall.
“There is no other way than from here,” Mau said.
Ramon “Tats” Suzara, president of the Philippine National Volleyball Federation, also praised the Philippines’ run in the continental fight, noting that the program is still in its early stages.
The Philippines sent two teams into the tournament, Team Rebisco and Team Choco Mucho, which were made up of players from the national pool.
The Rebisco team, made up mostly of international debutants, lost all their matches and finished seventh of seven teams in the tournament.
“Well done to the national team program which is still in its infancy,” Suzara said.
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