MANILA, Philippines — Marck Espejo wasn’t happy together with his efficiency within the Asian Video games however he heaped reward on his teammates for stepping up within the Philippine males’s volleyball crew’s transient however fruitful marketing campaign in Hangzhou, China.
Espejo solely scored a complete of twenty-two factors in three video games with lowered enjoying time, admitting his late arrival affected his displaying within the Philippines’ first participation within the Asiad males’s volleyball in 49 years.
“Hindi ako happy sa efficiency ko since nawala ako sa crew. Galing korea tas dumeretso ako dito parang nawala siguro yung connection ko with the crew and familiarity,” mentioned Espejo after scoring eight factors of their 19-25, 14-25, 23-25 loss to Japan on Thursday at Deqing Sports activities Centre Gymnasium.
(I’m not happy with my efficiency since I haven’t been with the crew. I used to be in Korea earlier than going right here and I suppose I misplaced my connection and familiarity with the crew.)
The Incheon Korean Air Jumbos joined the nationwide crew on Sunday coming from South Korea in preparation for the season. He had a restricted preparation with the squad however he remained pleased with his teammates, led by Bryan Bagunas, Steve Rotter, and Jau Umandal.
“Proud ako sa crew na ito kasi nung nawala ako kahit papano could nagbago sa efficiency,” Espejo mentioned.
(I’m pleased with this crew as a result of I noticed enchancment within the efficiency.)
Though they didn’t face the highest gamers of Japan, who received bronze within the Volleyball Nations League, the five-time UAAP MVP out of Ateneo nonetheless relished their expertise of enjoying towards the World No.5 nation.
“I hope na kahit sabihin nating crew B ito ng Japa, Japan is Japan and though malayo yung expertise pero alam ko darating din yung time na I hope kahit papaano makasabay tayo sa excessive worldwide groups,” Espejo mentioned.
(Though we confronted Japan’s Group B, Japan is Japan and though we’re nonetheless not at par with their expertise, I do know that the time will come once we’re in a position to battle toe-to-toe towards prime worldwide groups.)
Regardless of his struggles, Espejo is bringing with him the learnings and honor from representing the nation within the Asian Video games as he flies to South Korea — his fourth abroad stint after enjoying in Japan, Thailand, and Bahrain.
“Tremendous grateful po kami nabigyan ng alternative and probability na i-represent yung Philippine males’s volleyball dito sa Asian Video games and I hope na magtuloy tuloy sa mga susunod na taon,” Espejo mentioned.
(I’m very grateful that we’re given the chance to symbolize Philippine males’s volleyball right here within the Asian Video games and I hope that this may proceed within the coming years.)
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Espejo can be debuting because the lone Filipino males’s volleyball participant to see motion within the Korean V-League subsequent month.