The Chinese Taipei Women’s National Volleyball Team swept the Philippines, 25-19, 25-20, 25-29, in the classification phase of the 19th Asian Seniors Women’s Volleyball Championship at the Alonte Sports Arena in Binan, Laguna, Wednesday.
TPE set-up a battle for fifth place against the 2015 Southeast Asian Games Silver Medalists Vietnam.
Wu Wei-Hua spearheaded the attack for the Taiwanese with 12 points, while Hsiao Hsiang-Ling added nine markers.
Coach Francis Vicente’s squad started out flat in the game. Chang Li-Yun gave Taipei its biggest lead of the match, 13-5, in the first set. The Philippines regrouped and was able to inch closer, blasting off a 6-3 run to trim the deficit to five. 11-16. The Taiwanese once again pulled away with powerful hits, but the Pinay spikers kept knocking on the door of TPE. The edge was too big already for a comeback from the PHI as Chen Wan-Ting fired an ace to clinch the opening frame.
The second set turned out to be a chess match early. Alyssa Valdez made up for an attack error she committed on the previous play. ‘The Phenom’ threw down a hammer from the back row to knot the score up at 8-all. PHI picked up the momentum as the UST connections of Rhea Dimaculangan, Maika Ortiz, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas did the damage on the Taiwanese. Ortiz capped off a 5-0 stretch for the Philippines to put them ahead by three, 13-10. With the Filipina’s looking to leave TPE by the dust, the latter did not go anywhere just yet as Chen Wan-Ting answered the call for the Taiwanese and provided timely scores to put her team back in the driver’s seat, 20-19. PHI piled up errors that resulted in a second frame loss.
Both teams continued the exchange of points in the third canto, with the score still tied at 15-all. TPE widened the gap late as Hsiao scored two consecutive points to put them ahead by four, 21-17. The Philippines tried to fight back, but the Taiwanese had to experience to hold off the volleybelles from PHI.
The Pinays will next face the Kazakhstan for 7th place. KAZ defeated the PHI in straight sets in the first round of eliminations.
The Philippines also improved their ranking in the Asian Seniors Women’s Volleyball Championship scene as they are secured of a top 8 finish, four seeds higher than the previous AVC.