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PH volleybelles brace for rematch against Vietnam
« on: August 25, 2017, 08:44:03 AM »
Ten days after its stunning four-set victory over Vietnam in the AVC Asian Women's Volleyball Championship, the David Desharnais Authentic Jersey Philippine women's volleyball team braces for a rematch against its regional rivals.
Fresh off a comfortable three-set triumph over host team Malaysia on Thursday, the Filipinas return to action in the Southeast Asian Games against Vietnam at Hall 11 in MiTEC on Friday afternoon.
Vietnam has the benefit of a day's rest, having crushed Malaysia, 25-17, 25-7, 25-11 on Wednesday. The Philippines, meanwhile, overpowered the hosts 25-18, 25-11, 25-16 on Thursday afternoon in front of an appreciative crowd.
"It's the same (Vietnam) team, but they will have the different strategy," said Philippines head coach Francis Vicente. "Siyempre, inaral na tayo."
Last August 14, the Filipinas booked a tremendous 27-25, 26-24, 17-25, 25-23 upset of Vietnam for their most impressive performance of the AVC tournament.
That victory, which saw superb performances from Alyssa Valdez, Jaja Santiago, and Dawn Macandili, is a huge boost to the Filipinas, but team captain Mika Reyes warns that they cannot afford to be complacent against Vietnam.
"Magandang motivation 'yun for us," Reyes said of their win earlier this month.
" 'Yung kumpyansa, andoon, pati 'yung mindset na kaya namin silang matalo," she explained. "Pero andoon pa rin dapat 'yunghindi complacent na matatalo namin sila ulit."
"Kailangan pa rin paghirapan, kasi dikdikan 'yung score that time," Reyes pointed out.
While he anticipates that Vietnam will make adjustments, Vicente warns that Bob Lilly Womens Jersey they also have some new tricks up their sleeve.
"We have different strategy also," he said. "Paghahandaan namin sila."
"Ang kailangan lang is 'yung lagi nating sinasabi na consistency that will make us win against Vietnam again," he also said. "At the same time, 'yung heart to win. There should be the heart to win."
The Filipinas' straight-sets romp over a hapless Malaysia squad ensured that they will advance to the semifinals of the women's volleyball tournament for the first time since the 2005 Southeast Asian Games, which was held in the Philippines.
Several players shone for the Philippines, but it was Abigail MaraƱo who impressed most as she scored 11 points including three blocks and two service aces. The former De La Salle University team captain was virtually unstoppable whenever she went to her pet play, the running spike, and stood strong against the Malaysian spikers at the net.
Vicente is expecting an even better performance from his wards after shaking off some first-game jitters against the host team. The Philippines gave up three straight aces to open the game before eventually getting their rhythm on both ends.
" 'Yung kaba, and'yan naman lagi 'yan, 'yung nervousness," said Vicente. "Ang importante, they should overcome the nervousness."
"We'll work hard for tomorrow's game, para maging No. 1 tayo sa group natin," he added.
A win over Vietnam Friday will allow the Philippines to avoid powerhouse Thailand in the semifinals, scheduled for Saturday.