The Philippine national women’s volleyball team absorbed its second straight loss from the hands of the Asian powerhouse Japan during the preliminary round of the women’s volleyball of the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia.
Fresh from a 22-25, 12-25, 15-25 beating from Thailand last Sunday, the Nationals put up a fight in the third set before finally succumbing to Japan’s well-oiled arsenal to drop the match, 12-25, 15-25, 21-25, Tuesday night at the Bulungan Sports Hall in Jakarta.
Lefty Miyu Nagaoka paced the world no. 6 Japan, who improved to a blemish-free 2-0 slate, with 11 markers built on nine kills and two aces.
Dindin Santiago-Manabat, Alyssa Valdez, and Jaja Santiago combined for a meager 19-point output for the Philippines, who remained winless after two outings.
After dismal first two sets, the Shaq Delos Santos-mentored squad managed to keep up with Japan’s fast-paced offense and defense in the third set.
Cha Cruz and Majoy Baron provided the much-needed reception and net defense in the final frame as the Nationals came as close as 17-18 before the Japanese took the driver’s seat and never looked back.
Japan produced twice the number of Philippines’ 21 kills and had eight aces compared to the latter’s one.
With their backs against the wall, the Nationals will try to keep their medal hopes alive as they take on Hongkong on Thursday at 1:30 p.m.
The delayed telecast of the match is tomorrow, 8 p.m. on Aksyon TV.
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