MANILA, Philippines – Team Philippines is not assured of a quarterfinals berth in the 2014 PLDT Home Fibr Asian men’s club volleyball championships after dropping their Pool A match against Iraq on Thursday, April 10 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
The Gas Al-Janoob side rolled past the Power Pinoys, 25-22, 25-19, 25-18 in their opening game in the competition, while the Power Pinoys dropped to 1-1. READ: PH sweeps Mongolia in Asian Men’s Volleyball debut
The Philippines will now hope for an Iraq (1-0) win against Mongolian side Altain Bars (0-1) on Saturday, April 12 at the Mall of Asia Arena.
But if the Iraqi squad loses to Mongolia, then there will be a three-way tie in Pool A standings.
The Power Pinoys held a 15-12 lead midway in the first set, banking on their running attacks; however, the Iraqis capitalized on errors late in the opener.
From a 20-all deadlock, the home team committed three straight errors, giving the visitors a 23-20 edge. A William Lewis service error afterwards allowed Iraq to escape, 25-22.
The taller Gas Al Janoob squad kept pounding the hapless Power Pinoys especially in the third set where the Iraq-based club team steamrolled to a 19-9 advantage before closing out the match. – Rappler.com
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