By the Numbers: The figures that brought PHI to victory
The Philippine national women's volleyball team put up crucial numbers to defeat Hong Kong and moved closer to reaching its initial goal of advancing in the quarterfinals.
BINAN CITY, Laguna –- The Philippine national women’s volleyball team went off to a good start after destroying Hong Kong, 25-21, 25-16, 25-17, Wednesday in Pool A to open its campaign in the 19th SMM Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship on a high note.
In front of the home crowd, the Filipinas showed great teamwork to get into a good position to advance in the quarterfinals and secure a ticket to the 2018 AVC Asian Women’s Volleyball Cup.
It took the Nationals only three sets to silence Hong Kong.
The Filipinas needed only an hour and 17 minutes to bag the victory.
Two years ago in the Tianjin, China edition, the Myla Pablo-led Nationals under head coach Sammy Acaylar rallied from two sets down to escape with a 21-25, 18-25 25-20, 25-16, 15-11, win in the classification round for ninth to 14th place.
Also, three Pinays are playing in their second Asian Seniors stint.
Aiza Maizo - Pontillas donned the national colors in the 2013 edition in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand while Kim Dy and Ces Molina debuted two years ago in Tianjin, China.
Even if the tournament is being held in Binan, Laguna, Filipino supporters flocked to the Alonte Sports Arena to cheer and show their love to the Nationals.
The fans truly are the seventh man of the PHI team, fueling the squad’s desire to deliver the victory in front of the home crowd.
The victory came easy for the Filipinas because of the team’s well-balanced scoring effort.
Nine players chipped in on offense and with each getting a chance to attack, the PHI gave the Hong Kong squad a hard time setting up its defense.
Alyssa Valdez announced her presence in the tournament with 14 points, 13 coming off attacks.
Valdez was already in double figures in the second set.
The PHI team had nine of its players logging in points but credit should also be given to setter Kim Fajardo.
Her superb playmaking resulted in 26 excellent sets and made her attacking teammates look good.
All that including seven points, proved that Fajardo is arguably one of the best Pinay setters in this generation.
The Filipinas rained down missiles after missiles to submit Hong Kong.
With an arsenal of spikers and heady playmaker, the host team nailed 50 attack points in a 39.06% attacking percentage.
The PHI's reception percentage against Hong Kong.
More than the highlight reel plays of Fajardo or the thunderous attacks of Valdez, Jaja Santiago and Molina, the Filipinas were able to take a good control of the first ball.
Yes, they gave away four service aces, but that was a good improvement for the Pinays considering that service reception is not their strongest feature.
Veteran libero Denden Lazaro got six excellent receptions while Jovelyn Gonzaga had one in the PHI's total of 13.
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