‘We’ll get it next time’ – Marck Espejo

It could have been a cinderella run for the Philippine men’s volleyball team.

Following their impressive five-set victory over five-peat seeking Thailand team in their semis faceoff, the morale and spirit were high for all the members of the Philippine team.

The Pinoy Spikers, however, were slapped with reality as they fell short versus Indonesia in straight-sets to settle for the Silver medal in the 30th Southeast Asian Games’ finals game held at the PhilSports Arena yesterday.

But while this may be the case, the future is still bright for the Pinoy Spikers – especially after going tooth-and-nail against the defending champions Thailand and giving Indonesia a good game.

It was in the 2005 edition of the SEA Games that the men’s volleyball team last won a medal – Bronze – before improving to silver 14 years later.

One of the key cogs for this feat is no less than the Phenom – Marck Jesus Espejo.

Espejo, a Marikina-born spiker, averaged 17.2 points in this iteration of the SEA Games – even top-scoring the Pinoy side during the finals game against Indonesia with 15 points off 14 kills.

Aside from his scoring prowess, Espejo has also considerably improved his floor defense – an act that all spikers his caliber would like to have. Against Indonesia, Espejo had a reception efficiency of 76.19 (16/21).

His all-around performance, though, was not enough to lift the Pinoy Spikers past Indonesia.

Even then, the Ateneo de Manila University standout is still thankful for the opportunity of playing for the country –  a rare one.

Few hours after settling for silver, Espejo took to Twitter to thank the Filipino fans who stood by the team no matter what.

He also vowed that the team will get it next time and will draw inspiration from this loss.

Sa lahat nang bumati maraming salamat sa fb/twitter/ig maraming maraming salamat!! We’ll get it next time,” he said. 

Up next for Espejo is a stint with Visakha Volleyball Club in the Thailand Volleyball League this 2020. He is expected to fly to Thailand on December 15 to meet with his new team.