• Philippines exits Asian Under-23 Women’s Volleyball


    The Philippines bowed out of contention following its 25-23, 14-25, 19-25, 17-25 loss to powerhouse China in the quarterfinals of the 1st Asian Under-23 Women’s Volleyball Championship on Thursday at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.

    Open hitter Liu Yanhan, a veteran of World Championships, led China with had 18 attacks, two blocks and an ace while Zheng Yixin contirbuted 13 points including four blocks.

    “They (Philippines) played very well today with high emotions,” said Liu through an interpreter.

    Team captain Alyssa Valdez delivered 17 points and 6-foot-5 Jaja Santiago chipped in 16 markers for the Philippines.

    “I am satisfied with their performance. We’re the smallest and inexperienced team but we played very well against China,” national head coach Roger Gorayeb shared.

    China arranged a semifinal showdown with South Korea while the Philippines will be relegated to the classification round where it could only finish as high as fifth place.

    South Korea earned a spot in the Final Four after surviving Taiwan, 16-25, 25-17, 23-25, 25-14, 15-10, with Lee Soyoung scoring 29 points including two blocks, and 10 digs.

    Earlier, Nanaka Sakamoto nailed 11 points and Kaori Mabashi added 10 markers as Japan overpowered India, 25-17, 25-17, 25-14, to advance to the semifinals.

    Japan will be facing the winner between Thailand and Iran in the tournament sanctioned by the Asian Volleyball Confederation and International Volleyball Federation.

    The top two teams in the tournament will be given automatic berths to the prestigious World Women’s Under-23 Volleyball Championship in Ankara, Turkey.


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