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    Philippine team coach Francis Vicente makes assurance Power Pinoys will advance to quarterfinals

    Apr 10, 2014

    POWER Pinoys coach Francis Vicente has made an assurance the Philippines will reach the quarterfinals despite being drubbed by a team from Iraq on Thursday in the Asian Men's Club Volleyball Championship.

    Philippines PLDT TVolution bowed to Iraq’s South Gas Club Sports, 25-22, 25-19, 25-18, at the Mall of Asia Arena, and now holds a 1-1 win-loss record.

    But Vicente is certain the Power Pinoys will make the round of eight, as two teams from each group will advance. The Philippines is in a three-team Pool A with Iraq and Mongolia.

    “Sigurado ako papasok tayo (sa quarterfinals),” said Vicente.

    The Power Pinoys, who opened their campaign with a three-set demolition of Mongolia, now wait for the result of Saturday’s Iraq-Mongolia match that will determine which team will advance.

    Vicente is confident Iraq will hand Mongolia its second loss in the eliminations, which will give the Philippines a ticket to the quarterfinals.

    “Tatalunin ng Iraq ang Mongolia,” he said, noting the difference in strength and quality of play.

    If Mongolia wins against Iraq, the three-way tie will be broken with a quotient system.

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