Nationals fall to Toray Arrows

Mark Escarlote on Sep 16, 2019 11:12 AM
Nationals fall to Toray Arrows
The Philippine national women's volleyball team faced Japan V. Premier League runners-up Toray Arrows. (Photo courtesy of Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc.)

The remaining members of the Philippine national team finally linked up with the rest of the squad in Thailand but even with reinforcement on deck, the Filipinas still fell short to Japanese club Toray Arrows in a tune-up match on Sunday.      

The Nationals bowed down to the Japan V. Premier League runners-up in all five sets that they played, 24-26, 16-25, 11-25, 18-25, 19-21, despite the arrival of setter Jia Morado, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Eya Laure and Maddie Madayaga and assistant coach Kungfu Reyes, Sunday morning.

It was the Filipinas’ fifth straight tune-up match since 10 of the 14-woman squad arrived in Bangkok last Sept. 7 for a 12-day training camp heading into their participation in the inaugural ASEAN Grand Prix in Nakhon Ratchasima on Sept. 20.

The Nationals lost to Thailand U-23 team, 25-22, 25-22, 23-25, 17-25, 13-15, last Monday and only won one set against the powerhouse Thailand senior squad, 12-25, 19-25, 12-25, 21-25, 15-9, on Tuesday. The PHI team on Wednesday eked out a 24-26, 26-24, 25-16, 20-25, result in a rematch over the THA U-23 squad before winning all four sets against Bangkok University, 25-19, 25-19, 25-15-, 26-24, on Thursday.   

The Nationals resume their training on Monday before their last tune-up match against the Toray Arrows on Tuesday morning. The team will then travel to Nakhon Ratchasima on Wednesday.

Top hitter Alyssa Valdez, who was supposed to fly in on Sunday, will miss the rest of the training camp after suffering an ankle injury last Thursday while Fil-American setter Iris Tolenada failed to secure a green light from her club team Motolite to join the squad.

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