Vietnam drops Philippines to battle for bronze medal

The Philippines absorbed another painful defeat as it fell to Vietnam, 14-25, 16-25, 18-25, Tuesday night to miss a chance to make the finals of the 19th Princess Cup Southeast Asian Women's Under-19 Championship in Sisaket, Thailand.

The defeat came after the Francis Vicente-mentored Nationals lost to powerhouse Thais, 14-25, 23-25, 16-25, in the group stages the day before. They ended up as the No. 2 seed in Pool A and arranged a semis duel with the Vietnamese, who swept Pool B.

But the Vietnamese were simply too tough for the Filipinas to crack.

The Filipinos hope to settle for the bronze medal as it was taking the Indonesians at press time. The Indonesians were subdued by the Thais, 19-25, 7-25, 20-25, in the other semis pairing.

The Philippines' other two wins came at the expense of Singapore, 25-9, 25-14, 25-23, Saturday and New Zealand, 25-23, 25-13, 17-25, 25-17, Sunday.

Team manager Peter Cayco, Arellano University's representative to the NCAA board and a board member of the Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas Inc., said the team will go all out to win the bronze.

"Hopefully we could get a bronze," said Cayco.

The Filipinas were bracketed with the Thais in Pool A alongside the Kiwis and Singaporeans while Pool B is composed of Vietnam, Indonesia, Australia and Malaysia.

Source: Tribune

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