Thailand, Japan face PH women in a friendly match

The country’s national women’s volleyball team will get a taste of world-class volleyball if they face two squads that will compete in the Volleyball Nations League (VNL).

One of those teams, Thailand, arrived on Tuesday afternoon and has already begun preparations for the country-hopping global tournament. The Philippine women’s team will take on Thailand at the Philippine National Volleyball Federation International Challenge at 7pm on Saturday at the Philoil Flying V Center.

In the friendly match, the Thais, who dominated the Southeast Asian Games, will tinker with much-needed adjustment due to the absence of injured middle blocker Thadao Nuekjang during their Week 1 match against Belgium in Ankara, Turkey.

Thailand currently holds a 3-1 record for eight points in the VNL standings.

The Philippines will also play against Japan on Sunday at 4 pm.

The Thais will face Canada in the VNL at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Tuesday and Japan will take on Poland in another match that day. Tickets for the Women’s Dome at the Big Dome June 14-19 are available at

For those who can’t watch live but are smart subscribers, the games will be streamed from June 14 through Smart’s GigaPlay app. Customers must download the app, set up an account and connect using Smart Mobile Data or PLDT Home WiFi.

The app will also carry exhibition matches of the men’s and women’s teams of the Philippines.

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