MANILA, Philippines – Vietnam survived the Philippines’ great third-set stand at the 2022 Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) Cup for Women for a 25-19, 25-17, 31-29 sweep at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City on Sunday, August 21.
All hope looked lost for the host country in the third set as the Vietnamese got off to a 17-11 start. However, two-time Premier Volleyball League (PVL) MVP Tots Carlos and libero Kyla Atienza showed off their composure in the clutch, and even managed to put the Philippines up, 26-25.
After a furious back-and-forth between the two countries, the hosts last led, 29-28, off a Carlos block, before Vietnam finished them off with a 3-0 spurt for the extended 31-29 finish.
Jema Galanza topscored in the tough loss with 13 points off 11 attacks and 2 aces. Team captain Michele Gumabao showed off with 11 points off 9 attacks and 2 blocks, while Carlos scored 6 of her 9 points in the third set alone.
Atienza also drew huge ovations for her defensive prowess in the losing cause. However, the AVC does not record non-scoring stats.
Team Philippines got off to a stellar 8-4 start in the first set, capped by a Pangs Panaga quick hit. However, the Vietnamese woke up from their stupor and set the tone with a huge 13-3 swing for the 17-11 breakaway and the eventual 25-19 finish.
It was essentially the same the story in the second set as Vietnam turned a 6-8 deficit to a 18-13 gap off a 12-5 rally. Although Galanza helped the Philippines get within 2, 16-18, the Vietnamese fired off a 7-1 response to take the commanding 2-0 set lead, 25-17, and set up the frantic third-set finish.
Meanwhile, in the first game of the triple-header, China schooled South Korea with a 25-9, 25-8, 25-9 Pool A masterclass, before Japan swept Thailand in Pool B action, 25-18, 25-19, 25-22. – Rappler.com