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    Weary Philippine Under-23 team unable to put up much of a fight against Chinese Taipei

    May 8, 2015
    Alyssa Valdez and Co. looked too sluggish to have a chance against Taipei. Freddie Dionisio

    A DEFLATED Philippine team lost to Chinese Taipei in straight sets, 25-17, 25-19, 25-20, on Friday in the classification phase in the 2015 Asian Under-23 Women’s Volleyball Championship at the Philsports Arena.

    Except for the tightly fought second set, the Pinay spikers provided little opposition to the Taiwanese just 16 hours after putting up a tough stand against world champion China in their quarterfinal match.

    The loss wiped out the Philippines' chances of clinching fifth place in the tournament and relegated the hosts to the battle for seventh place against Iran on Saturday.

    The Philippines led 15-11 in the second but Chinese Taipei slowly worked its way back as a maze of errors once again haunted Alyssa Valdez and Co.

    Trailing 16-18, the Taiwanese put up six unanswered points on the board to regain control and never looked back in a win that was much easier compared to their four-set victory over the hosts in the second round.

    The Taiwanese said they were more prepared for the Philippines this time.

    “This is the second time we faced the Philippines so we prepared for it. We were more familiar with them,” said Chinese Taipei team captain Wu Ching-ting.

    Valdez agreed.

    "Its an easy win sa kanila. They were really prepared for us," said the PH skipper.

    National coach Roger Gorayeb admitted the players looked tired after the draining game against China on Thursday night, where they took a set against the reigning world Under-23 champions.

    "But it's understandable. I'm still proud of the girls," Gorayeb said.

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    Jaja Santiago and Myla Pablo topscored for the Philippines with nine points while Valdez finished with eight points - her lowest in a game in the tournament.

    Chen Tzu-ya scored 11 points for Chinese Taipei, which took full advantage of the Philippines’ 31 errors.
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    Alyssa Valdez and Co. looked too sluggish to have a chance against Taipei. Freddie Dionisio
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