After dethroning Cignal as the best men’s volleyball club, NU Sta. Elena may have been able to win the 2022 Spikers’ Turf Open Conference and become the champion. However, Joshua Rettmar, the captain of the team, is confident that they have not yet reached their full potential.
Even after a superb performance in a club league, where they only lost one game in the elimination phase, the league’s Best Setter stated that the young Nationals had not yet showed their full ability. This was said by the Best Setter in the league.
“I think the team is still at 60 percent because we still have a lot to learn, especially in service, and we still have a lot of lapses when it comes to blocking,” said Retamar in Filipino shortly after dethroning Cignal in Game 2 of the finals on Saturday at Paco Arena with a score of 25-18, 23-25, 25-23, 25-23. The match was part of the Philippine Volleyball Association (PVA) Grand Slam.
There are still several months of preparation ahead of us before we can attain our full potential.
Retamar served as NU Sta. Elena “glue guy” throughout the whole conference, while Nico Almendras, who was named Conference MVP, offered both firepower and leadership. However, youngster Michaelo Buddin was a revelation in the Finals, emerging as the Finals Most Valuable Player by averaging 22.0 points in their two-game sweep to win the award.
The setter for the Philippine men’s volleyball team believes that Buddin is just just beginning to scratch the surface of his potential in front of the resumption of UAAP men’s volleyball in the following year.
“Buddin is already quite powerful, but he has the potential to become much more so if he is willing to pay attention to what our trainers have to say and is receptive to the information they have to share with him. Because he is already powerful despite his youth, he has a lot of potential for his career. “He has the ability to play on an international level,” Retamar stated.
NU Sta. Elena head coach Dante Alinsunurin has announced that the team would participate in the V-Competition, which is Sports Vision’s collegiate league, beginning in the month of October. In addition, the team will compete in the Philippine National Volleyball Federation Champions League.
Despite having a lengthy hiatus and competing against more experienced club leagues, Alinsunurin’s collegiate squad had a successful showing in the return of Spikers’ Turf, much to Alinsunurin’s satisfaction.
The coach of the NU Sta. ElenaSta. Elena team, whose students also competed in the Asean University Games in Thailand and in an invitational league in Malaysia, remarked that “all of our struggles throughout this pandemic have paid off.” We were able to evaluate our squad in this competition and determine that we are capable of competing not just against college teams but also against club teams.
“They simply need to keep on understanding the system and working hard in practice so that it would be simpler for us to execute during games,” he continued. “It will be a lot easier for us to be successful.”
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