Host PHL crushes HK in Asian Women’s Club volleyball championship opener

MANILA — Host Philippines kicked off its campaign in the Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship with a 3-0 victory over Hong Kong at the Alonte Sports Arena in Binan City, Laguna over the weekend.

Alyja Daphne Santiago and Jovelyn Gonzaga finished with double-digit scores as Foton Pilipinas defeated Hong Kong’s Kwai Tsing, 25-20, 25-14, 25-10.

Santiago had 12 points, including seven attacks and four blocks, while Jovelyn Gonzaga displayed her amazing skill by contributing 11 points.

Cheung Man Lee led Hong Kong with eight points, seven coming from attacks, while Kwok Pui Yiu added five hits and two blocks.

Chinese Taipei’s Taichung Bank also won its preliminary round match against Malaysia, 3-0.

Chiu Ya-Hui had 16 points, including 13 from attacks, while Chen Yu-Chieh added 12 points as the Taiwanese spikers conquered their Malaysian foes, 25-15, 25-22, 25-21.

Other preliminary round matches saw Kazakhstan’s Altay VC pulling off a 3-0 victory over Indonesia’s Jakarta Electric, 3-0, and Iran’s Sarmayeh Bank prevailing over DPR Korea, 3-1.

Sana Anarkulova finished with eight attacks, two blocks and four service points for Kazakhstan, which scored a 25-12, 25-17, 25-17 win over Indonesia.

Kazakhstan also got 10 points from Olga Biryukova, nine points each from Kristina Anikonova and Alessya Safronova, and eight points from Hayley Dora Spelman.

Manganang Aprilia Santini sizzled with 20 points, all coming from attacks, but her effort was not good enough to carry Indonesia to victory. PNA/