PHI nat’l men’s team demolishes Macau in exhibition match

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The Philippine national men’s volleyball team defeated Macau in straight sets in an exhibition match Sunday.

The Philippine national men’s volleyball team flexed its muscle and easily dominated the visiting Macau squad, 25-16, 25-16, 25-15, Sunday in their exhibition match in the Battle of the Rivals at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Looking to showcase their talents in front of a large crowd that gathered to witness the storied women’s volleyball rivalry of Ateneo de Manila and De La Salle University, the PHI team entertained the fans with their thunderous smashes and superb defense to submit Macau.

The match was part of the national squad’s preparation for the 29th Southeast Asian Games slated on August 19 to 31 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This was the last tune-up game of PHI team before they fly to Suwon, South Korea for a training camp from July 22 to August 4.   

Head coach Sammy Acaylar fielded all of his wards with all of his 13 scoring players chipping in points while libero Jack Kalingking played good defensive coverage with 11 excellent receptions and nine digs.

Bonjomar Castel and Greg Dolor scored nine points each while Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Most Valuable Player Ranran Abdilla finished with six for the national team, which defeated Macau in a pocket tournament in Imus, Cavite last Friday.

“It’s a big help for us kasi you know, this is the first time na buo yung team na naglalaro sa ganitong arena na napakalaki,” said Acaylar. “That’s a part of it. Napansin ko kanina na ‘yung games ng mga bata, para silang nanibago, nanibago in the sense na sa crowd at saka sa laki ng venue.”

“I told them na they have to adjust themselves to whatever venue na lalaruan namin, dapat handa talaga sila and that’s it,” he added.

Ka Him Leong had 10 points to lead Macau while skipper Si Kit Loi got six.

 

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