April 04, 2023

Mamon looks to keep Cotabato core for next conference

AMC head coach Odjie Mamon is raring to return in the next conference of the Spikers' Turf after settling for silver in the recently concluded Open Conference. 


The Cotabato Spikers will look to continue what they had going in their first-ever stint in the country's first men's volley league in order to break Cignal's code come the next conference. 


And more importantly, to raise even higher the standard of men's volleyball in the Philippines. 


“Definitely, definitely,” answered Mamon when asked if they are aiming to overturn the result in the next tournament.


“I think we have enough time to prepare because it's in October. So, we hope our program continues smoothly...with or without new additions, we will continue because it's already good,” he continued after the HD Spikers won against AMC for the season sweep last Friday, 25-21, 22-25, 25-17, 28-30, 15-7.


“It could also help with promotion - that's what my players want, they want promotion for men's volleyball.”


Despite falling short of the gold, Mamon remains proud of what the Cotabato Spikers accomplished in little time of preparation compared to Cignal, which has been a solid club team for years already. 


And to bolster their bid in the next conference, AMC is looking to have a longer buildup for a better finish. 


"I'm proud of the players because despite having injuries and personal struggles, they still want to give their all," shared Mamon, who is also an assistant coach for the Philippine men's national team.


"We started preparing in mid-January. I'm proud of our accomplishments."


Cotabato Spiker Jau Umandal, who was hailed as the Conference MVP, agreed with his head coach since his college playing days at University of Santo Tomas. 


He pointed out that once their powerhouse squad got to jell even more, they would be even deadlier from the first game to the final game of the season. 


"If we could just jell or give a little more time to jell together, the players could showcase even better performance," said Mamon.


"We still need to gel, so that we have something to carry with us until the end because we started a bit late this time," echoed Umandal.