The Philippines absorbed its first loss as it bowed to Iran, 22-25, 22-25, 25-19, 20-25, at the start of the 1st Asian Women’s Under-23 Volleyball Championship on Friday at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.
University Athletic Association of the Philippines reigning Most Valuable Player Alyssa Valdez unleashed a monster 31-point performance but it wasn’t good enough as the Philippines dropped to a 0-1 card in Group A.
“They [Iran] played really well in all aspects especially on defense both on net and floor,” said Valdez.
Iran now holds a 1-0 mark.
The Filipinas are in a must-win situation when they face Kazakhstan today at 2:30 p.m.
Only the top two teams in each group will advance to the second round of elimination of the tournament sanctioned by the Asian Volleyball Confederation and International Volleyball Federation.
Earlier, perennial title contender Thailand and India also posted opening game victories after crushing their respective foes.
Ajcharaporn Kongyot scored 18 points as Thailand overpowered Uzbekistan, 25-14, 25-10, 25-13, in Group D while India banked on Kaur Nirmala’s 17 points and MS Poornima’s 13 to clobber Macau, 25-10, 25-14, 25-19, in Group B.
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.