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Jao Umandal credits coaches trust for strong Thailand showing

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Joshua “Jao” Umandal credited the Rebisco-Philippines coaching staff for keeping him in shape that led to his strong showing in the Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship in Thailand.

According to the University of Santo Tomas standout, it was tough for him conditioning wise since he has not played competitive volleyball since the shortened UAAP Season 82.

“Medyo mahirap dahil maraming nangyare na di inaasahan pero lagi nga sinasabi ng coaches namin na magtiwala lang, And salamat sa pagtitiwala na binigay nila,” he said.

The 22-year-old Umandal averaged 19.4 points in five matches, capping that performance with his tournament-best 28 points in a 25-14, 22-25, 25-18, 21-25, 15-11 victory over Sri Lanka’s CEB Sports Club on Wednesday.

“Kakaunti yung oras namin para mag handa after SEA Games pero nakita namin na buo kami,” the 6-foot-2 Umandal said.

“Lahat ng nangyari may purpose, natalo man po kami alam namin na panalo kami sa mga natutunan namin na mababaon namin sa mga susunod naming liga.”

The Philippine squad ended their campaign at ninth place.