Alas Pilipinas finishes 10th at AVC Men’s Challenge Cup, falls to Thailand in classification round

The Philippine men’s national volleyball team, Alas Pilipinas, concluded their journey in the 2024 Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) Men’s Challenge Cup with a 10th place finish.

They fell short against Thailand in the ninth-place match, losing in four sets (20-25, 25-23, 22-25, 20-25) at the Isa Sport City in Bahrain on Friday, June 7th.

This result mirrors their performance in the 2023 edition of the tournament, where they also finished in 10th place. While they were unable to improve on their previous ranking, they gained valuable experience and faced strong competition throughout the competition.

Despite a morale-boosting victory against a young Indonesian team on Wednesday, Alas Pilipinas couldn’t carry that momentum into the match against Thailand. The Thais, seeking to reclaim their dominance in Southeast Asian volleyball after failing to defend their championship title, showcased their experience and emerged victorious.

Captain Marck Espejo spearheaded the Filipino offense with 18 points, followed by the promising talent Jade Disquitado who contributed 14 points. However, their efforts were overshadowed by the exceptional performance of Thai captain Khonhan Amornthep, who delivered a game-high 30 points, with a staggering 20 points coming in the crucial final two sets. This offensive outburst ultimately secured the win for Thailand.

Alas Pilipinas may have fallen short of a higher placement, but their participation in the AVC Challenge Cup was a significant step in their development. The experience gained throughout the tournament will serve as a valuable foundation for future international competitions.