After a week of intense volleyball games in the 2018 Asian Women’s Volleyball Cup, the Philippine women’s volleyball team settled for ninth place off the 10 participating teams — a far-cry from the team’s goal of making it at least in the Top 5.
Although short of the expected finish, the PH team still showed glimpse of brilliance, especially in the three five-setter matches they played against Australia, Iran, and Kazakhstan, where they won once against Kazakhstan in the classification round for the ninth place.
With the absence of Asian Games topscorer Jaja Santiago, who is currently playing for a club team in Japan, three marquee names from the roster stood up for the challenge. They are no less than Alyssa Valdez, Mylene Paat, and Cha Cruz.
It was Cruz who was the biggest revelation in this international stint as she did not disappoint in filling the scoring void left by Santiago.
In fact, Cruz scored five of the last six points in their classification for the ninth place match against Kazakhstan, toying on the taller Kazakhs team defense and showing her veteran smarts.
— GaWong (@gawong_) September 22, 2018
Cruz tallied a total of 47 points in the five matches they played during this AVC 2018 Cup. Usual topscorers were Alyssa Valdez and Mylene Paat, who delivered most of the points for the PH squad with 97 points and 62 points, respectively.
Let’s check out the best players for each of the scoring department:
Valdez – 97 points
Paat – 62 points
Cruz – 47 points
Alyssa Valdez (97 points)
Mylene Paat (62 points)
Cha Cruz (47 points)
Mylene Paat (11 blocks)
Aby Marano (8 blocks)
Mylene Paat (7 aces)
Alyssa Valdez (7 aces)
Photo Courtesy: AVC – Asian Volleyball Confederation Facebook page