Pinay spikers shoot for best finish in Asian Senior tilt

Mark Escarlote, ABS-CBN Sports

Posted at Aug 16 2017 10:00 AM

The Philippine national women's volleyball team is relegated in the classification round for 5th to 8th. Richard Esguerra, ABS-CBN Sports.

BINAN CITY, Laguna –-- With their semifinals hopes shattered, the Philippine team shoot for its best finish Wednesday against Chinese-Taipei in the first phase of the classification round for 5th to 8th spot in the 19th AVC Asian Senior Women's Volleyball Championship at the Alonte Sports Arena here.

The PHI, which already surpassed its 12th place finish two years ago and qualified for the 2018 AVC Asian Women's Volleyball Cup, hit a brick wall Tuesday night after absorbing a 21-25, 14-25, 20-25, quarterfinals loss at the hands of Southeast Asian powerhouse Thailand.

But the Pinays squad still has a chance to at least duplicate the country’s best finish when they march in to battle at 12:30 p.m. The squad is looking to equal the fifth place finish of the national squad back in 1983 in Fukoaka, Japan in the country’s tournament debut.

The match will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23 and ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166. 

“Pag-aaralan ulit natin ang Chinese Taipei, siguro ang level noon kaya natin abutan,” said PHI team head coach Francis Vicente. “Kasi anong malay natin, pag manalo tayo pwedeng five and six (place). I hope manalo tayo.”

The winner of the match will face the survivor between Kazakhstan and Vietnam on Thursday in the battle for fifth place. While the losers in both classification round duel square off for the seventh spot.

The 2015 Tianjin, China fourth placer Chinese-Taipei fell short of making the semis cut after absorbing a 20-25, 11-25, 26-28, defeat in the quarterfinals against South Korea.

Meanwhile, South Korea and Thailand collide for the championship berth at 5:30 p.m. after the Finals spot showdown of Japan and defending champion China at 3:00 p.m.

The SoKor-Thailand semifinals match will air on a delayed telecast at 8:30 p.m. followed by the Japan-China tussle at 11:00 p.m. on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23 and ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166.

This article originally appeared on the ABS-CBN Sports website.