PHI challenges Vietnam in a SEA Games match preview

Mark Escarlote on Aug 14, 2017 09:20 AM
PHI challenges Vietnam in a SEA Games match preview
The Philippines will get a chance to measure their playing level against Southeast Asian Games rival Vietnam.

BINAN CITY, Laguna –-- The Philippine national women’s team tests its mettle against regional rival Vietnam Monday with the Pool E quarterfinals third seed at stake in the 19th AVC Asian Senior Women's Volleyball Championship at the Alonte Sports Arena here.    

Game time is at 5:30 p.m. in a match that will determine the final placings of the two squads heading into the knockout crossover quarterfinals.

The duel will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166.

Both PHI and Vietnam hold a 0-2 carryover win-loss record in the classification round.

Head coach Francis Vicente hopes to see the same aggressiveness and intensity his wards showed Sunday in a 23-25, 18-25, 12-25, loss to FIVB World no. 10 ranked South Korea in a match where the 2015 runner-up squad was forced to field ace hitter Kim Yeonkoung in all sets to stave off the gritty Pinay squad.

The mentor also wanted to see how his team will fare against Vietnam, which the PHI will take on in the group stage of the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur next week together with host Malaysia.

“Ito yung chance na ma-gauge natin kung nasaan na tayo pagdating sa Southeast Asian Games,” he said. “Sa resulta dito natin masisilip kung ano ang magiging takbo natin pagdating dun. Goal namin na manalo dito.”

This will be the first time the Filipinas cross paths with the Vietnamese in the biennial Asian tilt.

The last time the two countries collided in a major international tournament was in 2015 where the Vietnamese drubbed PHI, 25-16, 25-21, 25-23, in the group stage to deny the Filipinas a podium finish in the 28th Singapore SEA Games.

Vietnam is coming off a 25-21, 23-25, 22-25, 20-25, loss to Kazakhstan.

Meanwhile, Kazakhstan and South Korea, both unbeaten with a 2-0 carryover slate, meet at 12:30 p.m. for Pool E’s top seeding.

Thailand and Japan, who lead Pool F with identical 2-0 record, clash at 3:00 p.m. for their bracket’s no. 1 spot.

Both games will also air live.

Defending champion China and Chinese-Taipei dispute Pool F’s no. 3 seed at 10:00 a.m.

The quarterfinals begins Tuesday where Pool E’s top seed face the no. 4 team in Pool F. Pool E’s no. 2 ranked team collide with Pool F’s no. 3 team.

The no. 3 squad in Pool E meets the no. 2 team of Pool F while Pool F’s top seed squares off with Pool E’s no. 4.     





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