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PHILIPPINES PROGRESS TO FINAL FOUR WITH STRAIGHT SETS ON CHINESE TAIPEI

PHILIPPINES PROGRESS TO FINAL FOUR WITH STRAIGHT SETS ON CHINESE TAIPEI

Manila, Philippines, May 26, 2024 – Home team Philippines entered the Final Four of the 2024 AVC Challenge Cup  for Women after winning in straight sets 3-0 (25-13, 25-21, 25-18) against Chinese Taipei.

The Sunday eveningโ€™s nightcap event at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum confirmed the Philippinesโ€™ sweep of their matches in the Preliminary Round. 

Ejiya Laure posted effectively on attack to lead all scorers on the board with 15 points. 

โ€œThis win is dedicated to all our supporters. All our hard work is for all of them,โ€ she said. 

The Philippinesโ€™ coach Jorge Edson Souza De Brito mixed up his starters to try and bring in a different flavor to their play.  Joining Laure were Vanessa Gandler and Faith Nisperos, who helped out with scoring duties for the hosts.

Chinese Taipei loaded the wings with Hsu Fang-Min and Hsu Heng-Yun on attack. With speedy energy, the team managed to sustain rallies against the opponents, succeeding in some, while squandering a handful with miscalculations on attack. Coach Chen Yu-An shuffled around with the deployment of his players in order to find the best unit on the floor. 

Meanwhile, the hosts had clearly settled into a comfortable lead, as they likewise rested their key players in the remaining plays that defined the victory. 

With the Philippines taking the full 12 points to send them to the top of Pool A, counting for a historic feat for the first time they have ever entered the semi-finals in any AVC senior-level event.

โ€œWe have made it this far and we wonโ€™t stop making history for our country,โ€ Laure said. 

The teams now head for a break, as matches resume on Tuesday for the semi-finals showdown. The Finals scheduled on Wednesday will determine the team to progress to the Volleyball World Challenger Cup in July 2024. 

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