Philippines’ U17 beats India; enters Asian Girls Volleyball Championship quarterfinals


The Philippine team continued their cinderella run at the 10th AVC Asian Girls U-17 Volleyball Championship after a four-set upset of India on Sunday to make the quarterfinals of the nine-day, 13-team meet at the MCC Hall Convention Center at The Mall in Nakorn Ratchasima, Thailand.

The Filipina volleybelles dropped the opening set before coming back to claim the next three, 19-25, 25-11, 25-20, 25-22, for their second straight win in the tournament.

The victory was a fitting follow up to the team’s 24-26, 25-22, 21-25, 25-21, 15-13 stunner of Australia on opening day Saturday.

In its first and only meeting with India prior to Sunday’s match, the Philippines lost 7-25, 9-25, 13-25, during the 2003 edition of the biennial meet held in Thailand.

Up next for the Filipinas is four-time champion China on Monday, although they are already assured of advancing to the Final Eight after emerging as the top two teams in Pool C together with the Chinese.

“We have achieved our goal of reaching the quarterfinals.

Now we aim for the semis. No matter what, we have achieved our goal, and that is a clear sign that we have the talent and capability to compete internationally,” said Philippine Volleyball Federation (PVF) president Geoffrey Karl Chan, who is also head of delegation.

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