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Philippines survives Kazakhstan, finishes in ninth place

The Philippines Women’s National Volleyball Team passed their final test of the AVC Seniors Cup for Women, outlasting Kazakhstan in five sets, 25-13, 23-25, 25-22, 17-25, 15-8 in Thailand.

After surrendering the fourth set, the Philippines blew past the Kazakhs in the final frame thanks to Cha Cruz-Behag. The F2 Logistics Cargo Mover scored four times in a run that pushed the Nationals to a 13-7 gap. From there, an Alyssa Valdez attack and a Kazakhstan error spelled the end of the match.

Mylene Paat led the Nationals with 18 points off 12 attacks, four aces, and two blocks. Valdez finished with 17 markers while Cruz-Behag added 16.

Dynara Syzdykova and Dyana Grokhotova topped Kazakhstan with 16 points each.

The Philippines salvaged a ninth place finish, beating Kazakhstan for the second time in the tournament. This is also one place lower than their eighth-place showing in the 2017 edition of the tournament.

The Scores

Philippines (3) – Paat 18, Valdez 17, Behag 16, Maraño 5, Sato 5, Reyes 4, Ortiz 3, Morado 2, Nabor 1, Pontillas 1, Galanza 0, Gohing (L), Lazaro (L)

Kazakhstan (2) – Grokhotova 16, Syzdykova 16, Aizharikova 11, Sitkazoniva 11, Oryntayeva 8, Sarsenbayeva 2, Meister 0, Rostovchsikova 0, Beket (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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