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Taller, powerful Kazakhs sweep Pinays anew

BINAN CITY, Laguna –-- The Philippine national women’s volleyball team put up a gallant stand against Kazakhstan but the visiting team’s power and height advantage were too much for the Pinays to handle.

Five-foot-10 ace hitter Katerina Tatko wreaked havoc with her powerful missiles while 6-footer Yekatarina Zhdanova was a sentinel at the net as the Kazakhs swept Philippines, 25-23, 25-20, 25-19, Friday in Pool A of the 19th SMM Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship at the Alonte Sports Arena here.

Kazakhstan skipper Radmina Beresneva shuts down the attack of Philippines' Jaja Santiago. ABS-CBN Sports
Tatko finished with 20 points to lead Kazakhstan, which duplicated its straight sets win over the Filipinas two years ago in Tianjin, China.

Kazakhstan swept the round for a 2-0 win-loss record while handing PHI its first loss in two games.

The home team gave the huge crowd inside the arena something to cheer about early on as the Filipinas went ahead 8-4 and 12-8 in the opening set with Alyssa Valdez, Jaja Santiago and Ces Molina leading the way.

But the taller Kazakhs kept their composure and slowly silenced the home team with their superb blocking and with Tatko doing most of the damage.

Author: Mark Escarlote, ABS-CBN Sports
Full Article: http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/08/11/17/taller-powerful-kazakhs-sweep-pinays-anew

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