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    Filipina volleybelles stun powerhouse Aussies in opener of Asian Youth tilt

    Oct 11, 2014

    NAKHON RATCHASIMA, Thailand – The Philippine girls’ team pulled off a five-set stunner against Australia to open its campaign in the 10th Asian Youth Girls Volleyball Championship on a high note at the MCC Hall Convention Center at The Mall here.

    The young Filipinas battled back from a set down before outplaying the Aussies in the decider to hack out the 24-26, 25-22, 21-25, 25-21, 15-13 win on Saturday.

    The Aussies appeared on their way to wrapping up the game after leading 12-10 in the fifth and final set, but the Filipina volleybelles went on a closing 5-1 run that completed the come-from-behind win.

    Philippine Volleyball Federation (PVF) president Geofrrey Karl Chan admitted failing to recall when was the last time a volleyball team from the Philippines beat the world-ranked Aussies.

    “It’s a breakthrough win for us. I can’t recall kung kalian natin huling tinalo ang Australia because even a set before ay hindi tayo makapanalo sa kanila,” said Chan, who is also the head of delegation.

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    Up next for the Philippines is India before clashing with powerhouse China on Monday.

    The Filipinas are seeing action in the nine-day tournament for the first time after failing to compete in the last two stagings of the meet.

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    The event was last held in the Philippines in 2008 where the host made it to the quarterfinals despite winning just a single game against Sri Lanka.

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