Already a familiar name across volleyball circles, Angeles University Foundation isn’t new to big tournaments and for coach Benjamin Angga, a third-place finish isn’t a cause for celebration.
After breezing past Group B in Day 1 of the tournament, AUF did not look like the powerhouse that they are and looked mostly vulnerable against their Central Luzon counterparts.
But their downfall came through a familiar face.
“Lumabas ‘yung lack of experience namin,” shared Angga after they bowed out of contention with a four-set defeat to Holy Family Academy in the semifinals.
“Before kasi, we used to play at Manila leagues for exposure pero ngayon, hindi na masyado.”
Despite concluding their campaign with a podium finish, Angga admits that AUF entered the tournament with only the gold medal in mind and a third place finish is a mix of achievement and disappointment for the Angeles side.
“It’s both an achievement and disappointment kasi we’re targetting for a championship. We have a strong team, medyo kinulang lang,” Angga said.
But instead of moping for the loss, Angga chooses to still be positive.
“I’m happy pa rin sa team ko, nakapag-puwesto pa rin sa top 4 and third place pa rin.”
For Angga and his wards, the tournament was a learning experience for them and he thanks Akari for bringing volleyball to the grassroots.
“Thank you so much sa Akari for brining this competition and trusting Angeles City for holding it here. Maganda na private and public schools nakinabang,” Angga said.
“This kind of competition, kung saan mashoshowcase ‘yung talent ng mga bata, ma-expose sila, tapos ‘yung camaraderie nila, and also for the sport of volleyball to boom.”
After their disappointment, Angga vows to make amends in their upcoming campaign in the Private Schools Athletic Association.
“Dapat champion kami dun, hanggang sa national, nasa top 1 or top 2 kami.”