MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine women’s volleyball team lost 13-25, 10-25, 16-25 to Thailand in their international friendly match at the San Juan Arena on Saturday.
The event, known as the Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) International Challenge, saw the current Southeast Asian Games champions rarely break a sweat, dominating the Filipino Spikers in one hour and 16 minutes.
Pimpichaya Kokram led the Thais with 15 points, hitting 13 of his 20 spike attempts. Sasipapran Janthavisut has 13 points from 12 attacks.
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Ajcharporn Congiot only saw action in the first and third sets but chipped in eight points, while star spiker Chachu-on Moksari played very little in the second set and finished with seven markers.
In the second set, Kokram and Moksari turned to face the loss of the Philippines, where they were leading 14, 19-5, on the way to a two-set lead.
The national team put Thailand in a striking distance of 12-9 in the third set. But Kokram led the visiting team to score seven of the next eight points for a 19-10 spread and did not have to look back to finish their exhibition game before their position in Volleyball Nations League Week 2.
Thailand, who have won three of their four matches in Week 1, will take on Canada at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Tuesday.
Abby Marano led the national team with six points. Del Palomata are five points ahead, with Jema Galanza, Cat Talentino and Kyle Negrito adding three each.
Gallanza assisted the team on the floor defense with 13 great receptions and six digs.
The Philippines will play another friendly match against Japan on Sunday at 4 pm
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