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PH women's team outlasts Kobe Shinwa U squad in five sets

OSAKA, Japan --- The national women's volleyball team is starting to reap the fruits of its grueling training as it finally overcame the tough Kobe Shinwa Women's University squad, 25-21, 23-25, 28-26, 24-26, 17-15, in a friendly match late Saturday here.

Jaja Santiago and Alyssa Valdez wreaked havoc, but it was a total team effort at the defensive end for the Nationals, who are entering the final stretch of its 17-day training in preparation for the 19th AVC Asian Senior Women's Championship and the 29th Southeast Asian Games.

The Philippine women's volleyball team showed great team effort to prevail over Kobe Shinwa Women's University squad in five sets.
The 6-foot-5 Santiago was dominant offensively as she delivered 19 kills, four aces and five blocks for 28 points while Valdez provided support with 18 kills, three aces and three blocks to finish with 24 points.

Also coming up with a big game was open spiker Frances Molina, who chipped in 10 kills, four aces and two blocks for 16 points, as well as playmaker Kim Fajardo, who registered 57 excellent sets in the match that serves as their final tuneup battle with the reigning Philippine Superliga (PSL) Invitational Conference champion.

Head coach Francis Vicente beamed satisfaction over their performance, but stressed the importance of consistency, hunger and desire to come up with a impressive performance in the two major international tournaments ahead.

It was the Nationals' first victory in Japan.

Source: http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/07/30/17/ph-womens-team-outlasts-kobe-shinwa-u-squad-in-five-sets

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