BANGKOK Glass of Thailand coach Kittipong Pornchartyingcheep considers the Philippines as one of the teams to beat in the AVC Asian Women's Club Championship.
Pornchartyingcheep said Ba'yi Shenzheng of China, NEC Red Rockets of Japan and the hosts have a chance to dethrone the Thais in the September 3-11 showpiece at the Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan, Laguna.
"I think every team in the competition is good," said Pornchartyingcheep. "(But) I think China and Japan and the Philippines (are the team to beat)."
Foton Pilipinas will see action on opening day against Kwai Tsing of Hong Kong at 2:30 p.m. in Pool A eliminations.
Foton Pilipinas coach Fabio Menta is not looking that far ahead, targeting a semifinal appearance for the hosts.
"Every game is very difficult," said Menta. "Our players are very young, some of them are playing in college and playing home in front of 7,000 people will make them feel the pressure. But we trained hard and prepared for Hong Kong so we'll try our best."
Skipper Jaja Santiago along with American reinforcements Lindsay Stalzer and Ariel Usher are expected to take charge for Foton Pilipinas along with locals EJ Laure, Sisi Rondina, Maika Ortiz, Rhea Dimaculangan, Jovelyn Gozaga, Aby Maraño and Jen Reyes.
Meanwhile, defending champion Bangkok Glass of Thailand will face April 25 of North Korea on Sunday.