• Pinays lose to Japanese in U-23 Asian volleyball

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    World No. 4 Japan outclassed the inexperienced Philippine squad, 25-12, 25-18, 25-15, to stay unbeaten in Pool E of the 1st Asian Women’s Under-23 Volleyball Championship on Monday at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.

    The Japanese are now 2-0 in Pool E while the Filipinas fell to 0-2.

    The Philippines will be facing Taiwan today at 7 p.m.

    The second phase of elimination will determine the position of teams in the quarterfinals beginning on Thursday.

    In other results, Taiwan posted an easy 25-17, 25-21, 25-17 win over Iran with Chang Li-Wen scoring 14 points highlighted by five aces and three blocks, and Lee Tzu-Ya adding 13 marks on 12 attacks and a block. Mahsa Saberi and Mina Roosta combined for 20 points for the Iranians.

    China, on the other hand, fought back from two sets down to turn back South Korea, 24-26, 23-25, 25-21, 25-21, 15-8.

    Liu Yanhan had a monster game, nailing 37 points including 34 hits while Zheng Yixin and Wang Qi provided the needed support with 12 points apiece.

    In the classification round, Kazakhstan outclassed Maldives, 25-10, 25-4, 25-8, to advance to the battle-for-ninth place. Anastassiya Rostovchshikova and Aliya Batkuldina led Kazakhstan in their 48-minute match with nine points each.

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