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    PSL-F2 Logistics Manila gives Eczacibasi Vitra Istanbul a scare before bowing in four sets

    Oct 21, 2016
    Jaja Santiago helped the host team steal a set but eventually folded in the four-set loss to the Turkish club. Jerome Ascano

    HOME team PSL-F2 Logistics Manila put up a valiant effort before it bowed to defending champion Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul, 17-25, 17-25, 25-23, 14-25, to remain winless in Pool A of the FIVB Women's Club World Championship at the Mall of Asia Arena on Friday.

    The Magnificent 7 - Rachel Anne Daquis, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Jaja Santiago, Kim Fajardo, Ces Molina, Mika Reyes and Jen Reyes - played in the second set to help the team take a five-point lead, 12-7, before the Turkish club limited the host team to five points the rest of the way.

    But PSL-F2 Logistics Manila found reasons to cheer in the third frame as Santiago scored three consecutive service aces to tie the score, 22-22, before Neslihan Demir took the lead for Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul, 23-22. A 3-0 spurt capped by Yevgeniya Nyukhalova's kill got PSL Manila their first set won in the tournament to extend the match.

    PSL-F2 Logistics Manila was within striking distance, 9-10, in the fourth set but the Turkish team erupted with a 9-2 run to widen the gap, 19-11, before sealing the victory.

    Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul will face VakifBank Istanbul in the knockout semifinals.

    PSL-F2 Logistics Manila will play in the classification for fifth to eighth place on Saturday. 

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    Jaja Santiago helped the host team steal a set but eventually folded in the four-set loss to the Turkish club. Jerome Ascano
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