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A near brush with a medal in the Southeast Asian Games was good enough proof for the national women's volleyball team to pick up a valuable lesson in preparedness. But the men's team, performing way under the radar, drove home the point like a killer spike with a runner-up finish---the country's first in 42 years in the regional Olympics.

Alyssa Valdez, the country's top volleyball player, saw reality…