AVC Asian Cup: PHI repeats over Kazakhstan for ninth place

Mark Escarlote on Sep 22, 2018 07:12 PM
AVC Asian Cup: PHI repeats over Kazakhstan for ninth place
The Philippines closed its campaign in the AVC Asian Cup with a ninth place finish. (Photo courtesy of asianvolleyball.net)

Cha Cruz-Behag displayed veteran composure down the stretch to will the Philippines to a hard-fought, 25-13, 23-25, 25-22, 17-25, 15-8 repeat win over Kazakhstan Saturday to salvage a ninth place finish in the AVC Asian Cup at the Korat Chatchai Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

The F2 Logistics team captain scored five of the Filipinas last seven points including the match-clinching crosscourt kill in the PHI second straight win over the young Kazakhstan team.

The Philippines closed the tournament at ninth spot to end their campaign on a high note despite being relegated into the Challenge Cup after falling short of advancing in the quarterfinals.

Mylene Paat led the Nationals with 18 points built on 12 kills, four aces and two kill blocks, Alyssa Valdez had 17 markers while Cruz-Behag copped 16 markers highlighted by 14 spikes.   

Mika Reyes sparked the PHI’s closing charge to push the country’s 8-7 lead into a seven-point gap. After Reyes attack, Cruz-Behag punched in four straight points before the Kazakhs committed an error to give the PHI a 14-7 lead.

The Filipinas committed an error in the next play before Cruz-Behag  whipped a killer crosscourt to finish off Kazakhstan, which the Philippines defeated in the group stage in four sets.

Overall, the PHI finished with a 2-3 win-loss record while Kazakhstan ended their stint without a single win in five outings.

Diana Grokhotova and Dinara Syzdykova posted 16 points each to lead Kazakhstan.

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