MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine women's national volleyball team officially begins its quest for glory on Wednesday at the 19th Asian Senior Women's Volleyball Championship.
The famously passionate Filipino fans will be with them every step of the way as S+A, the ABS-CBN sports channel, will be airing the tournament on free TV and in high-definition on S+A HD.
The competition begins with a match between Korea and New Zealand, which will be beamed live from the Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan, Laguna at 12:30 p.m.
The opening ceremony and the anticipated match between the Philippines and Hong Kong will be aired on primetime starting at 6:30 p.m.
On Thursday, fans can catch the titanic match between powerhouses China and Japan at 12:30 p.m. while the Kazakhstan-Hong Kong and Thailand-Iran duels will be telecast at 6:30 p.m.
Team Philippines will see action anew on Friday, August 11, as they tussle with Kazakhstan, followed by the showdown between Thailand and Chinese Taipei, which will air on primetime starting at 6:30 p.m.
The weekend games consist of Korea-Vietnam on Saturday, August 12, at 12:30 p.m. with the start of the classification round opening on Sunday also at 12:30 p.m.
Fourteen teams, including 2015 champion China will be competing in the prestigious biennial tournament, which offers a ticket to the 2018 AVC Asian Cup to the Top 8 finishers.
The Philippine team, bannered by volleyball stars led by team captain Mika Reyes, Alyssa Valdez, and Jaja Santiago, will have to go through Kazakhstan and HongKong in Pool A, while heavy favorites Japan, China, and Australia are locked in a three-way battle for supremacy in Pool B.
Pool C has Korea, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, and New Zealand, while Pool D is made up of Thailand, Chinese Taipei, Iran, and Maldives.
Aside from the Alonte Sports Arena in Binan, Laguna, some of the games will also be played at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex in Muntinlupa.
The Filipinas are optimistic heading into the tournament, especially after pocketing a couple of hard-fought wins in their training camp in Japan.
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