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Philippines falls to Korea, drops to 9th place game

The Philippine Women’s National Volleyball Team could not sustain their strong starts in each set, falling to a young Korea squad in the classification phase of the 6th AVC Seniors Championship for Women, 13-25, 26-24, 7-25, 21-25, in Thailand.

The Nationals stayed within range of the Koreans early in each set, but failed to follow through. Following a 2-2 start in the first frame, the Philippines let Korea run loose, 14-5. After clutch plays from Cha Cruz-Behag and Aiza Maizo-Pontillas gave the Philippines the second set, Korea responded with a vengeance, pouncing on the Philippines back row to dominate the third frame.

A back-and-forth fourth set swung towards Korea’s favor, after a solo 3-0 run from Yerim Go gave them a 19-16 cushion. Aby Maraño gave her team one last gasp, but fell short in the as Go and Ha Hyejin finished off the match.

The loss sends the Philippines to a classification match for 9th bout with Kazakhstan, whom the Nationals beat last Tuesday, tomorrow.

Alyss Valdez continued to lead the Philippines, finishing with 15 points while Cruz-Behad managed eight markers.

Yerim Go topped the Koreans with 23 markers while Ha Hyejin added 21.

Korea moves on the battle for fifth on Saturday.

The Scores

Philippines (1) – Valdez 15, Cruz-Behag 8, Maraño 7, Ortiz 7, Maizo-Pontillas 5, Reyes 5, Paat 4, Sato 1, Soltones 1, Galanza 0, Morado 0, Nabor 0, Gohing (L), Lazaro (L)

Korea (3) – Go 23, Ha 21, Hwang 17, Kim 7, Park 5, An 4, Han 1, Jeong 0, Ji 0, Kim (L)

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Miguel Luis Flores fell face first into sports writing in high sch9l and has never gotten up. He reluctantly stumbled into the volleyball beat when he started with Tiebreaker Times three years ago. Now, he has waded through everything volleyball - from its icky politics to the post-modern art that is Jia Morado's setting.

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