China hands PH volleybelles first defeat at Asian Girls U-17 Championship


Although the Philippines Girls U-17 volleyball team showed great for at the beginning of the match, inconsistencies, bad service reception and difficulty to defend took their toll as the girls tasted their first defeat at the hands of the Chinese, Monday evening, at the 10th AVC Asian Girls U-17 Championship in Nakorn Ratchasima, Thailand.

China defeated team Philippines in straight sets – 25-15, 25-18, 25-10 – to top Pool C, and likewise relegating team Philippines to 2nd spot; while India finished 3rd after defeating Australia in 5 sets.

Amid the loss over China, team Philippines still makes it to the quarterfinal round; joining Thailand and New Zealand (Pool A’s 1st and 2nd), Japan and Vietnam (Pool B’s 1st and 2nd), and Korea and Chinese Taipei (Pool D’s 1st and 2nd).

The girls are now grouped with China, Thailand and New Zealand in Pool E; while Japan, Vietnam, Korea and Chinese Taipei are grouped in Pool F.

Each pool will now play a round robin match starting today, to determine their group ranking going to the quarterfinals.

The team who will top Pool E will face the 4th ranked team in Pool F in the quarterfinal round; while the 2nd, 3rd and 4th ranked team in Pool E will face the 3rd, 2nd and 1st ranked team in Pool F, respectively.

Philippines’ results against China will be carried over in the Pool E’s round robin match, therefore they will be only facing Thailand (today) and New Zealand (tomorrow) to determine their ranking in Pool E.

Game against Thailand today is scheduled at 5pm (Manila time), while game against New Zealand tomorrow is scheduled at 11:00am (Manila Time)

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