Asian U23 Women’s Volleyball: Chinese Taipei disposes of Philippines in quick fashion

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Chinese Taipei beat Philippines in straight sets on Friday (May 8).

(CNN Philippines) — Chinese Taipei notched a convincing win over the Philippine national team, 25-17, 25-19, 25-20, in the Asian U23 Women’s Volleyball Championship on Friday (May 8) at the Philsports Arena.

It was the second time Chinese Taipei beat Philippines in the tournament.

"We're very happy to win this game and we're more familiar with Philippines this time," said Chinese Taipei skipper Wu Ching Ting after the match.

"We faced a lot of pressure to beat the Philippines today. Luckily me and my teammates stepped up."

Even Philippine team captain Alyssa Valdez, who looked fatigued the entire match, admitted their foes were just too much for them to handle.

"We tried our best, but Chinese-Taipei is a strong team," said Valdez. "They really prepared for us. The team lacked service receive and attacks."

The national team looked out of sync and exhausted, still reeling from the loss to China on Thursday. to start the match, but managed to take a 15-11 lead in the second set.

Chinese Taipei, however, crept back in the game thanks to unforced errors from the host team. Down two points, 18-16, they strung up six straight points to take control of the second frame and finished off the Philippines in the third set, 25-20.

With the loss, Philippines will take on the loser of the Iran-India game in the classification match for the 7th to 8th places on Friday at 10AM.

Proud coach

Coach Roger Gorayeb was again pleased with the girls' efforts even after playing their second match in as many days.

"If this game was held this afternoon, mas madaming pahinga. Grabe kasi game namin kagabi," said Gorayeb.

"We were very tired against China. The girls are very tired. But it's okay. We are still very proud with what the players achieved."

The Philippine coach knew the team had shortcomings in their loss to Chinese Taipei, but had nothing but high praises for his troops.

"I told the girls that you made your country proud, your parents proud, your family proud," said Gorayeb, "and you inspire many young girls to play."