Asian U23 Women's Volleyball: Philippines closes tournament on winning note, takes 7th place

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Philippines took home seventh place after beating Iran on Saturday (May 9).

(CNN Philippines) — The national team ended their Asian Under-23 Women's Volleyball Championship (AVC) campaign with a victory over Iran in straight sets, 25-15, 25-21, 26-24, on Saturday (May 9) at the Philsports Arena.

With the win, Philippines took seventh place, while Iran was relegated to eighth.

Philippines asserted their dominance early in the match to take the first set with ease. Iran played much better in the succeeding sets but just couldn't get over the hump.

The host team, which exacted revenge from their earlier loss to Iran, scored 47 attacks as compared to only 24 from Iran.

Jaja Santiago was named Player of the Game after finishing with 17 points - 15 attacks, one block, one ace.

"We're really happy we won the game," Philippines team captain Alyssa Valdez said after the match.

"It's really a great day for volleyball in the Philippines."

Even head coach Roger Gorayeb was ecstatic his team closed out the tournament with a victory.

"We want to end this competition by winning this game," said Gorayeb. "We have to win for the fans and for the people of the Philippines."

For Gorayeb, placing seventh in the inaugural edition of the AVC under-23 is an accomplishment.

"Top eight is already a mission accomplished. Everything is a bonus," said Gorayeb. "We cannot ask for more from our players."