ASIAN GAMES (By the Numbers): PHI sweeps Hong Kong in first Asiad win in 36 years
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 23, 2018 05:37 PM
Let’s look at the numbers that defined the Nationals' sweet and historic victory over Hong Kong in the 2018 Asian Games.
The Philippine national women’s volleyball team ended almost four decades of a win drought in the Asian Games.
With Alyssa Valdez and Jaja Santiago at the helm, the Filipinas swept past Hong Kong in straight sets, 25-18, 25-21, 25-22, Thursday in the 2018 Jakarta Palembang Asian Games at the at the GOR Bulungan Sports Hall.
The victory snapped the PHI’s two-game losing skid in Pool A and solidified the Filipinas’ goal to secure at least a quarterfinals seat in the squad’s first participation in the quadrennial continental sports meet since the 1982 New Delhi Asiad.
Now, let’s look at the numbers that defined the Nationals' sweet and historic victory.
The PHI team that participated in the 1982 New Delhi Asian Games (Photo courtesy of Fe Mejia)
The last time the Philippines participated in the Asiad was in 1982 when the Games was held in New Delhi, India.
Bannered by the core of the powerhouse Philippine team that ruled the Southeast Asian Games from 1977, 1979 and 1981, the Filipinas earned their spot in six-team field of the 9th Asian Games.
It was 36 years ago when the Filipinas last claimed a win in the Asiad when the Fe Mejia and Vangie De Jesus-led squad defeated host India, 15-9, 15-9, 15-2.
It was the country’s only win in the tournament, that put the PHI at fifth place.
Alyssa Valdez doing her thing.
Top hitter Alyssa Valdez registered 14 points to lead the PHI to victory.
Valdez, who is in her sixth tour of duty, had 10 kills and four aces for the Nationals.
But Valdez had plenty of help from her teammates with Jaja Santiago scoring 12, Mika Reyes with eight, Kim Dy with six points including the match-clinching kill while Mylene Paat and Dindin Santiago_Manabat scored five each for the PHI.
Team captain Aby Marano gives Hong Kong a taste of her 'beast mode' running attack.
The Nationals were aggressive on offense as they flexed their muscles to pound Hong Kong with 45 attack points.
The Filipinas were also crisp at the service line with 11 aces and had seven kill blocks.
National team setters Jia Morado and Kim Fajardo played a big role in the Filipinas' win.
The Nationals made great distribution on their offense and tallied 11.67 excellent sets per frame.
Setter Kim Fajardo did a great job in orchestrating the Filipinas’ fluid offense.
The former De La Salle University star tallied 22 excellent sets while reserve playmaker Jia Morado had seven.
The Philippines celebrate a point against Hong Kong during last year's AVC Asian Senior Women's Championship (File photo)
The Philippines has been dominating Hong Kong past two years.
Overall, the National won six sets over Hong Kong in their last two pairings.
The Filipinas also defeated Hong Kong in straights sets, 25-21, 25-16, 25-17, in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Championship last year held in Binan, Laguna.