Ces Molina hopes vastly improved PH team ends Asian volley stint with a win heading to SEAG
Ces Molina and the PH team look to finish strong and bag seventh place after finishing 12th in the same tournament two years ago. Jaime Campos

BINAN, Laguna — Ces Molina hopes the vastly improved Philippine team is not satisfied with its better finish in the 19th AVC Asian Women’s Senior Championship compared to its 12th place ranking two years ago, as the Filipina spikers look to end their stint with a morale-boosting win heading to the Southeast Asian Games.

The Philippines will face Kazakhstan in the battle for seventh on Thursday at Alonte Sports Arena here, already a far improvement from finishing 12th tournament in 2015 where Molina and Kim Dy are the only holdovers from the Philippine squad.

“Malaking improvement kasi kahit papano dumidikit tayo sa kalaban, nakaka-all na sa 24, nakakapanalo na tayo ng game so malaking bagay 'yun na umaangat na ang national team,” said Molina.

The nationals started the tournament with a straight-set win over Hong Kong before it bowed to Kazakhstan to end its campaign in Pool A.

The PH team proved no match to Asian powerhouse Korea in the quarterfinals classification but gained a much-needed morale-boosting win over 2015 SEA Games silver medalist Vietnam in four sets.

In the quarterfinals, however, the mighty Thailand, the 10-time SEA Games defending champion, sent the home team crashing back to earth.

Molina, whose Philippine team lost to Chinese Taipei, 25-19, 25-20, 25-19, on Wednesday, is hoping to finish the tournament with a win that can help them enter the SEA Games next week in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with good momentum.

“Last game namin bukas so kailangan talaga namin maging strong na maipanalo namin (ang laban) para naman maganda ang finish namin bago kami pumunta ng SEA Games,” said Molina. 

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