The Rebisco team ended their campaign in the Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship on a winning note. Photo of stroke
MANILA, Philippines – Team Rebisco, which is essentially the men’s national volleyball team, had a bittersweet run during the 2021 AVC Asian Men’s Volleyball Championship winning just one match in five outings.
The Philippines claimed a five-set victory over Sri Lanka’s CEB Sports Club in the tournament’s ninth-place classification match in what became the crowning glory of Joshua Umandal’s inspirational run in the continental tiff.
Without outside forwards Bryan Bagunas and Marck Espejo, who play in the Japanese V. League, Team Rebisco relied on the 22-year-old from the University of Santo Tomas, who led the Filipinos with 28 points against the Sri Lankans.
Head coach Dante Alinsunurin said that even though his team finished with an overall record of 1-4, 9th place is just the start for them.
“This is our first show and we hope to improve for the next edition,” said Alinsunurin. “We hope that the level of Philippine volleyball will continue to rise when it returns to the international stage.”
The Asian Club Championship was also the team’s first international tournament since winning silver at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, in which Espejo and Bagunas were the main attacking threats while Umandal played widely. as a replacement.
National team veteran John Vic de Guzman said playing against Asia’s top club teams has proven the team can compete.
“Maybe the biggest lesson we’ll take is to jump on whoever is on the other side whenever we can,” de Guzman said. “After that, I know we have to work on our composure and our focus on whatever we do.”
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