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AVC: Philippines U18 suffer sweep at hands of Chinese-Taipei


The Philippines gave up its fourth loss in as many games in the 14th Asian Women’s U18 Volleyball Championship, suffering a 25-20, 25-17, 25-8 sweep at the hands of Chinese-Taipei, Thursday evening at Nakhon Pathom Sports Center Gymnasium in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand.

Behind Kimberly Rubin, the Philippines kept in step with Chinese-Taipei in the early part of the opening set but succumbed to the powerful hits of their opponents late.

Chen Seeye and Lu Chianwen joined hands in the second set, powering Chinese-Taipei to an easy 2-0 lead before putting the finisher in the third frame.

“We lost two games in a row. Therefore, the today’s victory returned the positive mentality to the team,” said Chinese-Taipei head coach Chen Mei-Ching.

Chen led Chinese-Taipei with 24 points, including 21 attacks, while Lu contributed 14 points.

Rubin spearheaded the offense of the Philippines with eight points.

“In every game, the players have gained some lessons. We will continue to work hard until our last game,” said Team Philippines assistant coach Roberto Calamba Jr.

The Philippines faces Japan on Saturday.

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