Having no time to develop the two taller setters in Eya Laure and Jasmine Nabor, Philippine Under-17 coach Jerry Yee revealed that the Philippines will play small in the upcoming Asian Girls’ U17 Volleyball Championship.
“I mentioned yung better players natin, yung marurunong is yung maliliit. Eh, pressed for time kami sa pangangatawanan na lang namin yung pagiging maliit namin,” Yee confided. “We play better pagka-ganun, so ganun na lang. Let’s see kung anong mangyayari sa amin.”
Playing better against college squad National University in their second tuneup match organized by the Shakey’s V-League, Yee attributed it to team captain Rica Diolan who played as the main setter in the match.
“The last game we were confused. We were looking for a combination, tatlo pa ang setter nun. This game, dalawa na lang ang setter. We assigned Nabor na talagang pumalo na lang. It’s a case of less is more,” Yee said.
The U17 girls won one set against the more experienced and taller NU squad, banking on 15-year old Eya Laure and Hope Christian High School’s Justine Dorog and Isa Molde.
Dorog stands at 5’4? 1/2 while Molde is 5’5? 1/2.
The youth squad will be flying to Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand on Thursday.