NAKHON RATCHASIMA, Thailand – The Philippine team rolled to its second straight win in the 17th Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship here after it made short work of Myanmar at the MCC Hall of the Mall Tuesday night.
Honey Royse-Tubino finished with 12 points and led the Power Pinays in a rousing three-set demolition of their Southeast Asian neighbors, 25-18, 25-22, 25-18.
The morale-boosting win kept the team on track of finishing within the 9th to 12th place in the classification phase, and came in the heels of its maiden victory in the biennial tournament at the expense of Sri Lanka on Monday.
The Power Pinays, campaigning here through the support of PLDT HOME Fibr broadband, take a rest on Wednesday and resume their campaign the following day.
Aiza Maizo-Pontillas added 11 points and Analyn Joy Benito with nine for the Philippine team.
“Sobrang saya,” exclaimed team captain Angeli Tabaquero afterwards. “Ang isang panalo achievement na dahil bago kami. Eh, naka-dalawa pa, tapos three sets pa. Happy fiesta!”
Tabaquero capped the Power Pinays’ scintillating performance against Myanmar by delivering the game-clinching shot. The Filipina spikers ended the match by outscoring the opposition, 10-3, from a 15-15 score.
Coach Nestor Pamilar admitted initially feeling some pressure, but eventually settled down once the Power Pinays got to their rhythm.
“Ang taas nung pressure nung una. Pero kami trabaho lang,” he said. “Ang tanging pananagutan namin ay magdala ng karangalan sa bansa.”
Volleyball official Doc Ian Laurel also lauded the efforts of the Power Pinays, who got off to a slow start in the meet after failing to win in the preliminaries, before putting together back-to-back victories to stay in contention in the classification phase.
“These girls may not be the strongest, but they certainly have the biggest heart to fight for our country’s pride,” he said.
Myanmar coach Banterng Kaopong believes the Filipina spikers will go a long way after seeing his team beaten in straight sets.
“With good program, they will be strong again in Asia,” said Kaopoing, who is a Thai. “I think the Philippine team is very strong. All they have to do is keep joining international leagues for experience and they will be big.”