Mapúa volleyball teams up for NCAA 2014 victory

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The Mapúa Men's Volleyball Team is set to show their skills and strength in the upcoming competitions this November.

Expect a stronger, more aggressive, and more confident Mapúa Men’s and Women’s Volleyball Teams in the upcoming National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) games in November. Both teams are preparing hard by constant training, setting their minds to victory, and working intensely to attain the top spot in the competitions.

Training for victory

The Men’s Volleyball Team, coached by Mario Mia Jr. and headed by Philip Michael Bagalay, holds trainings twice a day on Tuesdays and Thursdays. They do weights training from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. and court drills, ball games, and control from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. Most of the players already have experience in terms of number of playing years and skills. “This year, we are all competitive. Most of us have experience playing in the collegiate league. For the past three years, we were already together. We’ve already grown as a better and stronger team,” said Bagalay.

On the other hand, the Women’s Team, composed mainly of rookies, bank on the players’ prowess and confidence. The captain is Alissa Magallanes, and the coach is Parley Tupaz. The players do daily trainings – Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays are devoted for balls games and court drills; whereas Tuesdays and Thursdays are for weights training. “We are just starting to build the team because we have a new coach and new set of players, mostly rookies. We are adjusting,” Magallanes said.

Aside from intense sports training, the Mapúa Men's Volleyball Team maintains cordial relations between team members.

To raise their spirits

A team captain’s task is to encourage his teammates to play at their best. Both Bagalay and Magallanes said that they always lift up the spirits of their teammates by words of encouragement and merry cheers.

“If you have a teammate who is playing poorly, as a team captain, you will not bring him down. Instead, you uplift him. So, if someone commits a mistake inside the court, he should not apologize. He should resolve to improve his performance. Saying sorry means it’s done. Saying you will get back on your feet is more encouraging,” said Bagalay, the Men’s Team Captain.

Magallanes, for her part, says that the players need not fear. She encourages them to exert effort and have confidence. Before a game, they conduct a “team talk” wherein they strategize and boost each other’s morale. The will to win is very important in the life of a player.

To further reinforce unity, both Men’s and Women’s team regularly conduct bonding activities on and off court. They sometimes eat out, play their favorite computer game DOTA, or just spend time together.

A student and an athlete at the same time

Being a Mapúan athlete entails lots of sacrifice and self-management. The players themselves know that. Most of the women volleyball players are engineering students. This means, they need to be extra strict when it comes to their training and studying. “It’s difficult, because we’re in Mapúa. Most of us are engineering students, so we have to study hard after training to keep up,” according to Magallanes.

Bagalay opines that an athlete must prioritize studying over training whenever conflicts arise. He said that an athlete needs focus and discipline; he needs to manage his time well.

Even though most of their players are rookies, the Mapúa Women's Volleyball Team trains hard to make it to the NCAA finals with flying colors.

Bigger and better Mapúa

Both Mapúa volleyball teams are in high spirits and are hopeful to secure the top spot for NCAA. The team captains assure the audience to expect a more intense and better performance of their players. “We have high hopes for NCAA especially that we have a new coach. The people expect a lot from us. Now, we are more aggressive, our drills are more intense, and we are stronger and more confident,” Magallanes, the Women’s Team Captain firmly said.

Bagalay expressed convincingly, “This year, we are working hard to be part of the NCAA final four, then to advance to the championship.”

The Mapua Women's Volleyball Team is set to compete in the NCAA this coming November 2014.