Alas Pilipinas’ dream run ends in straight-set loss to Vietnam at FIVB Challenger Cup

The dream run of Alas Pilipinas in the FIVB Women’s Volleyball Challenger Cup came to an abrupt end on Friday, July 5th, as they fell to Vietnam in a three-set sweep (25-14, 25-22, 25-21) during the knockout quarterfinals held at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium in Manila.

Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Bich Tuyen Steals the Show

The reigning AVC Challenge Cup MVP, Nguyen Thi Bich Tuyen, proved unstoppable once again. The Vietnamese star dominated the court with a remarkable 30-point performance in just three sets, showcasing her elite attacking skills and overwhelming Alas Pilipinas’ defense.

Despite a valiant effort, Alas Pilipinas couldn’t match Vietnam’s firepower. Sisi Rondina led the scoring for the Philippines with 15 points, while Angel Canino chipped in 12 points. Other notable contributions came from Fifi Sharma (6 points), Thea Gagate (5 points), and Vanie Gandler (4 points).

Vietnam Advances, Faces Czech Republic in Semis

With this victory, Vietnam secures a spot in the knockout semifinals. They will face a formidable opponent in world no. 16 Czech Republic, who earlier surprised the tournament by defeating world no. 17 Argentina in straight sets (25-15, 25-22, 25-16).

The Philippines, though out of contention for the Volleyball Nations League slot, can still be proud of Alas Pilipinas’ performance throughout the FIVB Challenger Cup. The team displayed determination and resilience, and their experience in this tournament will undoubtedly contribute to their growth as a volleyball force in Southeast Asia.

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