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Ramil De Jesus admits ten months too short for national team training

National team coach Ramil De Jesus speaks to the press during the
team's press conference. Ivan Saldajeno
By Ivan Saldajeno

National women's volleyball team coach Ramil De Jesus confessed that he finds the ten-month preparation for the South East Asian Games a short period.

"Ten months is not enough for the SEA Games," the current La Salle and Generika mentor said during the press conference of the team at the New World Hotel in Makati City.

De Jesus reasoned, "Next month, mag-start na ang UAAP, so those na maglalaro sa UAAP, di agad makakapag-train. Makakapag-train lang yun, mga three times a week."

In spite of the league's volleyball games, he vowed that the training will push through.

"Para ma-build yung bonding ng team," he said.

He also said that he wants his young guns, especially current college volleyball stars Alyssa Valdez and Jaja Santiago, to have international exposure.

"Yun ang nakikita ko para mag-perform ng better ang national team," he said.

He later told the press that the team will bank on its veterans, especially Tina Salak.

De Jesus plans to bring the national team to either China or Japan for training and to set up some friendlies against PSL and Shakey's V-League clubs.