Asian Games: PH falls short versus Kazakhstan

The Philippines run out of gas and dropped a nail-biting five-setter match, 11-25, 25-22, 15-25, 25-19, 14-16, against Kazakhstan during the 5th-8th classification playoffs in the 2018 Asian Games women’s volleyball tournament Friday afternoon at the GBK Tennis Indoor in Jakarta.

Falling prey to China in straight sets in the quarterfinals, the Philippines held a four-point blitz in the decider but fell short as Kazakhstan ran away with the win to meet Vietnam in the 5th place match.

Yana Petrenko uncorked 12 kills, five blocks and an ace for a 18-point output to lead Kazakhstan charge.

Jaja Santiago tallied 19 hits built on 17 kills and two aces for the Philippines, who will take on host Indonesia tomorrow at 10 a.m. (INA time).

Taking the driver’s seat early in the rubber set, 7-3, the Nationals saw their lead disappear as Kazakhstan made a 4-0 run.

The two squads exchange point by point through the final ticks of the game before Alessya Safronova sealed the deal with a kill and a block.

Kazakhstan dominated the net with 18 blocks compared to five of the Nationals, who absorbed their fifth loss in six outings.

The Philippines registered one more kill, 53 to 52, while keeping a slim gap in serve (10 to 11) and sets (8.80 to 9.60).
They improved in floor defense and reception, tallying 14.60 digs per frame and 63.27 percent success rate in receiving.

Scores:

Kazakhstan – Petrenko (18), Anarkulova (15), Safronova (13), Zhadanova (9), Beresneva (7), Akilova (5), Belova (5), Karapetan (5), Tatko (4)

Philippines – Santiago (18), Paat (14), Valdez (13), Ortiz (9), Morado (5), Baron (4), Manabat (2), Fajardo (1), Reyes (1)

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