THE Philippine national volleyball team still proved no match for the Korean Under-19 national squad, losing all five sets of a tuneup match, 14-25, 16-25, 23-25, 25-27, 12-15, on Wednesday at the Sungkyunkwan University gym in Suwon City, South Korea.
The nationals were without Greg Dolor, who injured his pinky finger in the morning training.
It was the third tune up game for the Pinoy Spikers and second against the Korea U19 team, and they still struggled with their service, receive and blocking that allowed 6-foot-6 opposite Im Donghyeok and 6-foot-3 open spiker Lim Sungjin to dominate.
Still, Philippine team coach Sammy Acaylar commended his wards for putting up a good fight even as they were again swept by the young Koreans.
“I like your character dahil kahit masakit ang katawan ninyo you pushed yourselves. Pinu-push n’yo sarili nyo,” said Acaylar, hoping to get the team battle-ready before the 29th Southeast Asian Games from August 19 to 31 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The Philippines finished out of the podium in the Singapore SEA Games two years ago won by Thailand, followed by Vietnam and bronze medalists Indonesia and Myanmar.
“Mas masakit ang matalo kayo sa actual na game (sa SEA Games) kaysa dito sa tune-up match,” he said.
The Nationals take on Hwasung City volleyball team at 10 a.m. on Thursday.