Philippines, Australia clash in AVC Asian cup opener

AVC Cup

The new-look Philippine team formally begins its campaign against Australia in the 6th AVC Asian Women’s Volleyball Cup Sunday at the Chartchai Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

Action between the Filipinas and Australians is at 4 p.m. (5 p.m Manila time).

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Posted by Sports5 on Saturday, 15 September 2018

The Shaq Delos Santos-mentored squad marches to the war zone in quest of a victory that would give them a strong start in Pool C, which also includes Iran and Kazakhstan.

Host Thailand, Japan and South Korea, on the other hand, landed in Pool A while Pool B has the world’s best team China, Vietnam and Chinese Taipei.

Skipper Aby Marano, Mika Reyes, Cha Cruz, Alyssa Valdez, Mylene Paat, Jia Morado, Maika Ortiz, and Denden Lazaro, are tipped to carry the fight for the Filipinas as they return for another tour of duty.

On the other hand, Melissa Gohing, Gretchel Soltones, Risa Sato, Jema Galanza, Jasmine Nabor and veteran Aiza Maizo-Pontillas will fill in the void left by Dawn Macandili, Jaja Santiago, Majoy Baron, Dindin Manabat, Kim Fajardo, and Kianna Dy, who are not available for this tournament.

De La Salle alumni Dy, Baron, and Macandili are in New York as part of their reward for completing a grand slam in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball while the Santiago sisters already have prior commitments to their Japanese teams. Kim Fajardo, for one, takes a four-week rest due to a knee injury.

Despite being assembled at the last minute, hopes are still high on the Filipinas after they came up with an impressive run in the 18th Asian Games last month in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The Philippines needs to earn at least two victories in the preliminaries in order to advance to the quarterfinals.

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