ASIAN GAMES: Japan whips PHI to submission
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 21, 2018 06:39 PM
The Philippine national women's volleyball team absorbed another straight sets beating for its second defeat in a row.
Elite squad Japan proved to be too powerful and too much for the Philippine national women’s volleyball team.
The Japanese gave the Filipinas a reality check in international level of volleyball as they cruised to an easy 25-12, 25-15, 25-21, Group A victory in the 2018 Jakarta Palembang Asian Games at the GBK Hall.
Miyu Nagaoka gave the Philippines all sorts of problems with her great display of offensive prowess while Japan’s vaunted floor defense frustrated the Filipinas, who are making their return in the quadrennial continental meet after 36 years.
Japan grabbed its second straight win to secure as spot in the quarterfinals while handing the PHI its second defeat in a row after suffering a straight sets setback at the hands of Southeast Asian powerhouse Thailand.
The Japanese opened their campaign with a three-set victory over host Indonesia.
Nagaoka finished with 11 points off nine attacks and two aces for Japan, who will challenge Thailand on Thursday. Yurie Nabeya had eight points while Yuki Ishii and Nana Iwasaka scored six each for Japan.
The Japanese after dominating the first two sets eased up in the third as Japan gave its starters a rest and alllowed its reserves to see action. The Filipinas capitalized and kept the set close trailing by only two,18-20, after a Cha Cruz-Behag kill only to see Japan hammer the finishing 5-3 blow.
Sisters Jaja Santiago and Dindin Santiago-Manabat paced the PHI with seven points each while Alyssa Valdez and Majoy Baron had five and four markers, respectively.
Team PHI will face Hong Kong on Thursday at 1:30 p.m.