Asian U23 Women’s Volleyball: Despite loss to China, Gorayeb impressed with his team

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China was too strong for Philippines, but coach Roger Gorayeb was still pleased with his team's performance.

(CNN Philippines) — China may have overpowered the Philippines, but national team head coach Roger Gorayeb seemed pleased with their performance.

Natutuwa ako sa mga bata. Wala na akong hihilingin pa,” Gorayeb said after their 23-25, 25-14, 25-18, 25-17 loss to China in the Asian U23 Women's Volleyball Championship quarterfinals on Thursday (May 7).

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“We were the smallest, inexperienced team. Siguro yung China, nagulat na naglaro tayo ng ganung kaganda."

Gorayeb's squad got off to a good start but fell in the succeeding three sets to their powerhouse opponent.

The Philippines only trailed China by one point in attacks, 48-47, but committed twice as much errors that proved too costly against the defending champion.

But Gorayeb brushed it off, saying it was a learning experience for the girls.

Mayroon tayong 12 batang nagpapakamatay para sa laro,” added Gorayeb. “'Wag nating isipin natatalo tayo. Isipin nating nananalo ang mga bata (sa experience).”

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Even China hitter Liu Yanhan was surprised of the Philippines’ efforts.

"I think the Philippines played well and they have great passion for volleyball," said Liu. "They play really happy. They'll get better in the future.”

China will move on to the semis to face Korea while Philippines will play Chinese Taipei in the classification round.