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Asian Women’s Volleyball Cup: PH bows to Australia in 5-set heartbreaker


MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines’ campaign in the 2018 Asian Women’s Volleyball Cup is off to a heartbreaking start as the Filipinas bowed to Australia in five sets on Sunday evening in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

The Philippines wasted a two-set lead and a deuce in the third set, and Australia ultimately displayed more poise in claiming a 21-25, 21-25, 26-24, 25-16, 15-10 triumph.

It appeared as though the Filipinas were headed for a tremendous victory after they seized a two-set lead, with Australia having trouble in defending Cignal’s Mylene Paat.

But they regrouped in the third set, surging to a quick lead before the Philippines mounted a comeback to force a 24-all deadlock.

The Filipinas had no answer for Australia’s powerful Rachel Rourke, however, who sent the Aussies to set point. They then extended the match by rejecting Alyssa Valdez’s attempt from the backrow.

Australia dominated the fourth set to force a decider, where they pounced on the Filipinas’ receiving woes. The Philippines held a slim 8-6 lead off an error by Australia, but Rourke once again took over to put her team ahead.

The Philippines gave up back-to-back aces to fall behind, and Australia’s net defense checked Cha Cruz to reach match point, 14-8.

Kills by Maika Ortiz and Paat briefly stemmed the tide, but Paat’s final attack was wide, giving Australia the winning point.

The Philippines returns to action Monday against Iran.

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