With just a couple of weeks left before they fly to Thailand for a tournament, PSL All-Stars coach George Pascua hopes their Thai-Denmark Super League appearance serves as a springboard for improvement in Philippine volleyball.
“Yung club teams masyado silang competitive. Nakita ko yung laro nila, masyadong high level na,” the veteran mentor related to FOX Sports as they continued their buildup over the weekend.
Pascua, who coaches Petron in the PSL, stressed, however, that the skill level is the same, but Filipino spikers could gain a lot from having the right technology.
“Sa kanila, iba-iba yung technique nila, kasi nagre-rely sila 50% sa technology,” he shared. “Malaking bagay kasi yung technology na alam mo kung ano yung counter mo sa kalaban. By pressing keypads lang, alam mo na.”
True enough, when the Asian U23 Women’s Volleyball Championship was held here, almost all competing teams had laptops, video cameras and statisticians around the venue, scouting their opponents.
“Sa atin kasi, yung old style pa rin e. Kung ano lang nakikita mo, yun lang,” he said. “Iba pa rin yung nakikita mo sa statistics and scouting.”
With volleyball rising in popularity and interest, Pascua hopes things will get better in the near future and he knows this will happen through a constant development program.
“Sana magkaroon ng system, technology, coaches’ course, na pwedeng mai-share sa future ng volleyball natin,” he said. “Mahahabol yun (level ng international play). Siguro it takes a few years pa. Pero kakayanin naman.” — By Joyce Palad