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PH vs Thailand – Preview

Aug 30, 2022

The Philippines women volleyball team faced Thailand in the quarterfinals of the Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) Cup for women on August 27.

Game was set for 8:00 pm at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

The Creamline Cool Smashers bannered Philippine team made it deep into the competition for the first time after finishing third Pool A with a 2-2 slate.

The Filipinas lost to defending champion China and Vietnam to open their campaign but was able to bounce back with wins over Iran and South Korea.

Now, the home team tries to reach another milestone but coach Meneses fully knows that it will not be easy against Thailand. 

The Philippine team indeed put up a huge effort but saw Thailand nail a 25-18, 23-25, 25-20, 25-9 win in the quarterfinals of the 2022 AVC Cup.

Michele Gumabao led the squad with 13 points, while Tots Carlos and Celine Domingo chipped in 12 and 8 points, respectively, in the damage.

Showing promise against Thailand, the home team even won a set over the definite Southeast Asian queens.

Creamline leveraged the Thai’s errors in the second set, with Gumabao and Domingo teaming up to maintain their lead before Galanza delivered the final kill that balanced the game at one set separately.

Gumabao then pursued her offensive shots in the third set as she launched back-to-back aces to give Philippines an early 7-4 lead.

However, Thai slowly picked up the tempo and erased the Philippines’s early gain all thanks to Thanacha Sooksod and Chatchu-on Moksri.

Thailand closed the third set with a 5-0 run and dominated the fourth salvo where it went into the second technical timeout with a substantial 16-5 lead.

Key players Chatchu-on dropped 21 points, while Pimpichaya Kokram added 14 points for Thailand, which will face China in the semis.

The Philippines will face Australia in a classification game on August 28.

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