AVC Cup: PH collapses vs AUS to open AVC bid with a loss

The Philippines squandered a two-set lead to bow to Australia, 25-21, 25-21, 24-26, 16-25, 10-15, in their debut match in the AVC Cup for Women 2018, Sunday night at Korat Chathai Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima in Thailand.

The Australian spikers stepped on the gas for a 6-0 blitz in the third set. Down by 12-18, Alyssa Valdez waxed hot as the national team erased the deficit and stole the lead, 20-19. Tied at 24, Rachel Rourke came through with two consecutive points to give Australia the set off a kill and a block, 26-24.

Australia picked up where they left off in the fourth set with a dominant Rourke leading the way to force a rubber set, 25-16, as the Philippines fell into a maze of errors.

The Aussies caught fire in the decider, nailing the Philippines in a 14-8 lead off a 8-0 run. Paat and Ortiz saved two match points but Rourke proved too much to handle as Australia completed its comeback, 15-10.

Trailing by three in the first set, 18-21, the national team made a 7-0 run off Mylene Paat’s heroics to steal the set from the Aussies, 25-21.

Australia started strong in the second set to bury Philippines in a 8-2 hole before the Nationals hacked off the six-point deficit to snatch the lead. The Nationals kept the pace throughout the remainder of the set before Maika Ortiz sealed the deal with a kill, 25-21.

Philippines looks to bounce back from the loss when they clash with Iran tomorrow at 5 p.m. THA time.

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