Bigger things await PH men’s volleyball after breakthrough run
After the historic SEA Games campaign of the Philippine men’s volleyball team, national federation LVPI vows to plot an even better training program


OVERACHIEVERS. The Filipino spikers pull off a SEA Games surprise. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler


MANILA, Philippines – Hoping to sustain the gains of its historic run in the 30th Southeast Asian Games, there’s no way but up for the Philippine men’s volleyball team.

So expect a busy 2020 for the Filipino spikers as the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas Inc (LVPI) and the coaching staff plot a better training program and line up more international competitions.

Yun ang hinihiling din namin na magtuloy-tuloy ang team na mag-training kasi importante talaga sa amin ‘yun lalo na nagsisimula pa lang kami,” said national coach Dante Alinsunurin.

(We’re really hoping our training would continue, it’s important for us because we just started the program.)

The Philippines scored a breakthrough silver in the regional meet, its first since 1977 as the surprise run also ended a 28-year wait for a podium finish. 

Right after the gold medal match where the Nationals bowed to Indonesia, the LVPI assured the squad that its hard work will be rewarded with sufficient support from the federation. 

LVPI board member and national team program head Peter Cayco said team and federation officials will meet by January to finalize plans for 2020. 

Siyempre kung gusto talaga naming i-angat ang laro namin kailangan talaga namin na January mag-start na kami [with the training],” said Alinsunurin, whose wards also dethroned Southeast Asian powerhouse Thailand in a dramatic come-from-behind, five-set victory in the semifinal.

(If we want to raise our level of play, we really need to start training by January.)

Before the SEA Games, the Nationals attended a 16-day training camp in Japan and also competed in the Thailand Open Sealect Tuna Volleyball Championship where they won a bronze. –