Philippines falls short vs Chinese Taipei as dream for best finish crumbles in Asian volley meet
Alyssa Valdez ends up short in her spike attempt. Jaime Campos

BINAN, Laguna — Chinese Taipei booted out Philippines for the battle for fifth after a 25-19, 25-20, 25-19 win in the classification phase of the 19th AVC Asian Women’s Senior Championship on Wednesday at Alonte Sports Arena here.

Wu Wei-Hua led the Taiwanese with 14 points, while Hsiao Hsiang-Ling and skipper Chen Wan-Ting, who came off the bench, scored nine markers apiece.

Chinese Taipei will face Vietnam for the fifth and sixth spot, while the Philippines was relegated to the battle for seventh against Kazakhstan.

Alyssa Valdez tallied 13 points for the Philippines, while Jaja Santiago added 10 markers. Ces Molina scored eight and Aiza Maizo-Pontillas and Maika Ortiz had seven points, apiece.

“For us, it was really a good fight. Sana nabigyan natin ng magandang laban ang Chinese Taipei na ‘yun naman gusto natin ipamalas,” said Valdez.

“Gusto nating manalo, definitely, but kinapos lang din talaga tayo, it’s always a learning experience for the team,” she added.

The Philippines had the chance to extend the match when it led 10-4 in the third set but Chinese Taipei countered with seven straight points to take the lead, 11-10.

It was a see-saw battle from then on before the Taiwanese pulled away from a close, 16-15, contest en route to win the match. 

“Syempre andun ang panghihinayang nating lahat kasi isang set would’ve been malaking difference sa buong game,” she said.

“But andito na tayo, we have to accept the loss and move forward kasi we have an important game tomorrow,” she added.

Still, despite falling short of making it to the battle for fifth, the Philippines made a big leap from the 2015 edition of a 12th place finish. 

Meanwhile, Vietnam defeated Kazakhstan, 25-22, 25-18, 21-25, 20-25, 15-5. 

Chinese Taipei will face Vietnam for the fifth and sixth spot, while the Philippines was relegated to the battle for seventh against Kazakhstan.

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