Philippines finishes last in VTV Cup

Naveen Ganglani
Philippines finishes last in VTV Cup
The Philippines lost a rematch to Nanjing University in the battle for fifth place in their first appearance in the VTV Cup

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines finished their VTV International Women’s Volleyball Cup campaign with a 4-set loss to Nanjing University from China, 25-21, 14-25, 18-25, 8-25, in Bac Lieu, Vietnam.

The defeat to Nanjing University, which was a battle for fifth place contest, had the Philippines finish in last place out of 6 teams in the tournament, with a total record of 1-5.

Philippines’ lone win actually came against Nanjing University in a 5-set contest during the preliminaries. 

The Philippines, playing without many of their SEA Games roster members, lost to Vietnam, Thailand’s Under-23 team, the April 25 Sports Club, and Liaoning V.C. all via 0-3 sweeps during the preliminary round.

The April 25 Sports Club and Vietnam (who entered as defending champion) are set to battle for third place, while Thailand’s Under-23 team and Liaoning V.C. will face off in the finals.

The Philippines was without Alyssa Valdez, Jaja Santiago, Jovelyn Gonzaga, and Rachel Anne Daquis, to name a few, and was led by volleyball veterans Aby Marano, Dindin Santiago-Manabat, and Shiela Pineda. –

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