MANILA, Philippines – Philippine volleyball took great strides in 2019, with the men's national team barging into the spotlight after a sensational campaign in the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
The men's team dethroned Thailand before faltering against Indonesia to claim the silver medal in the SEA Games. The women's team, however, failed to register a single win and missed out on the podium.
Speaking on "The Score," some women's volleyball players – including national team members Alyssa Valdez, Jia Morado, and Maddie Madayag – shared their vision for the sport for 2020.
Morado, in particular, called for a long-term vision for the sport after noting that the national team has been settling for mostly "quick fixes" in recent years.
"I think, the strong countries, internationally, all started here," she said. "Tapos, I believe talaga na they decided na, 'Okay, it's going to be hard for us to reach this vision, this goal. It's going to be a long process, but we start now.'"
Valdez, for her part, said that aside from unity among all stakeholders, the players themselves should be ready to take on greater leadership roles.
"Leadership talaga 'yung isa nating kailangan. Not necessarily from other people, but I think it has to start also from the players. I think we have to be leaders also. Dapat alam din namin 'yung karapatan ng bawat atleta, para alam din namin ang pinaglalaban namin," she explained.
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