AVC Asian Cup: PHI ends slump, gets payback against Kazakhs

Mark Escarlote on Sep 18, 2018 07:40 PM
AVC Asian Cup: PHI ends slump, gets payback against Kazakhs
The Philippines ended a two-game losing slump with a four-set win over Kazakhstan in the AVC Asian Cup. (File photo courtesy of asianvolleyball.net)

It may have come a little too late but the Philippines finally snapped out of losing slump.

The Filipinas defeated Kazakhstan, 25-22, 25-23, 20-25, 25-17, Tuesday night to close the pool play of the AVC Asian Cup at the Korat Chatchai Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand on a high note.

The PHI finished its Pool C stint with a 1-2 win-loss record as it exacted revenge on Kazakhstan, which fielded a different lineup from the squad that defeated the Filipinas in the AVC Asian Seniors Women’s Volleyball Championship twice last year and in the Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games last month.

It was a sweet win for the PHI after back-to-back heartbreaking five-set losses to Australia and Iran that relegated the Filipinas to the Challenge Cup. For falling short of a quarterfinals stint, the Filipinas also surrendered its spot in next year’s Asian Seniors.

Alyssa Valdez and Mylene Paat finished with 16 points each for the Philippines. Skipper Aby Marano scored 10 while Cha Cruz-Behag smashed eight attacks in her nine-point outing for the Filipinas.

The PHI took the first two sets before breaking down in the third.

Kazakhstan went up 14-11 in the fourth before the Filipinas made a telling rally to take the lead. Grethcel Soltones pushed the PHI at match point, 24-17, before Aiza Maizo-Pontillas sealed the win with a kill block.

Anastassiya Rostovchishikova posted 15 points while Zarina Sitkazinova had 14 for Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan finished the pool play without a win in three matches.

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