Philippine Girls U-17 volleyball team had an easy job in their Pool E playoff match against New Zealand as they beat the Kiwis in 3-1 sets at the 10th Asian Girls U-17 Volleyball Championship in Nakorn Ratchasima, Thailand.
Maria Lina Isabel Molde, who led the team with the top-scoring skill in every match they played, remained the backbone of the Philippines. She carried out several powerful attack hits to help her team claim the easy first set 25-11.
Alice Seemann gave New Zealand a comeback in the second set, which she smashed sharp spikes to score crucial points for the team. The Kiwis took the second set 25-21.
New Zealand became more prone with unforced serving and attacking mistakes to go down the next two sets 5-25 14-25. The Philippines eventually captured the 3-1 victory over the less-trained Kiwis; 25-11 21-25 25-5 25-14.
At the end of the last eight playoffs in Pool E, Thailand emerged as the top spot in the pool with eight points from straight three wins against no loss. China had seven points with two wins against one loss. The Philippines and winless New Zealand came in third and fourth in Pool E with three points and no point respectively.
The girls third place results in Pool E set them up with a quarterfinal duel against Korea who finished on 2nd spot in Pool F.