The Philippines hosts another major tournament in sports as the AVC Cup continues.
The Philippine women volleyball team then endures another winning streak at the 2022 Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) Cup with a 25-18, 25-13, and 25-17 versus young South Korea at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City on August 25.
The country hosts finished the phase with a 2-2 record setting a big quarter final challenge on Saturday against Thailand, the dreaded volleyball queens of Southeast Asia.
Top scorer of the faceoff was Jema Galanza again, with 12 points, while Tots Carlos chipped in 11 off eight attacks, two blocks and one ace.
Meanwhile, Michele Gumabao and Ced Domingo tallied 9 and 7 points, individually, with a 3 blocks piece, while reserves such as Rose Vargas, Pau Soriano, and Lorie Bernardo earned extra playing time in the lopsided affair.
Gaining momentum with 5 saved set points in the first frame, the Korean squad with an average age of 17 years old, fought hard early in the second up to a 9-all tie. Nevertheless, the veteran Filipinas regained control with a pivotal 10-1 spurt. Domingo raced for a 19-10 gap.
Both teams played the same script in the third. Korea mounted an 8-7 start; prior the Philippines staged an 8-1 pull away, capped by Bernardo ace for a 15-9 Philippine edge and never looked back.
The Philippine Head Coach shared that they are happy to get to the quarterfinals and still hoping they would improve performance for the upcoming match despite a day’s preparation.
Coach Meneses, admittedly shared a bit of unsure tone about Thailand as they have many exposures in the international tournament, but ensured that they will try to do their best to have a great game.
On the other hand, China capped Pool A with a 4-0 record, while Vietnam finished with a 3-1 slate. Iran booked the last playoff ticket at 1-3, while Korea bottomed out with an outright ninth place finish at 0-5.
Lastly, Japan climbed to the top of Pool B with a 3-0 slate as Thailand settled for second with a 2-1 record. Chinese Taipei clinched third place at 1-3, while Australia trailed to the quarterfinals winless at 0-3.
August 27, 2022
QF4 (PH) Creamline vs Thailand
Thailand – 60%
Philippines – 40%