THE Philippine men's volleyball team bowed to the Korean Universiade team, 16-25, 20-25, 19-25, 25-27, in their tune-up match on Tuesday at the Sungkyunkwan University gym in Suwon City, South Korea.
Coming from a tough five-set loss at the hands of much taller Korean U-19 national squad on Monday, the Pinoy spikers lacked intensity in service and blocking in their match against the team composed of Korea’s best college players.
“We learned a lot from them in this game,” said coach Sammy Acaylar. “Disappointed lang ako sa kinalabasan ng laro lalo na sa second set.”
The Philippine team squandered a 20-15 lead that allowed the Koreans to score 10 straight points capped by two service aces in the second set, but the nationals got back up in the fourth set.
From a 20-24 deficit, the RP Team tied the contest, 24-24, but the Koreans answered with two straight points to end the match in four sets.
The tune-up game was supposed to end in five sets but the Korean coaching staff requested to have it in four as their team only had 11 players and was recently formed.
The team will face the Korean U-19 team on Wednesday and to try to score a win.