AFTER successfully hosting both rounds of the Volleyball Nations League last May, the Philippines will host another major international event at the Women’s Asian Volleyball Confederation Cup taking place from August 21-29 at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig. City.
A total of 10 teams, including an all-collegiate national team, are taking part in the seventh edition of the nine-day tournament which was originally held two years ago but was canceled due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID- 19).
“It’s a solid tournament and our young players, who we see as the future of Philippine volleyball, will get the necessary visibility against the best teams in the continent,” said the president of the Philippine National Volleyball Federation. , Ramon Suzara.
The country is bracketed in Pool A with defending champions China, South Korea, Iran and Vietnam, while Pool B is made up of 2018 runners-up Japan, Thailand, Kazakhstan, Chinese and Australian Taipai.
The preliminaries take place from August 21-25 with the Philippines facing Vietnam on August 21, China on August 23, Iran on August 24 and South Korea on August 25, all scheduled during prime time television. to 19h.
The top five teams from each group will advance to the knockout quarter-finals on August 27, with the semi-finals scheduled for August 28 and the qualifying matches and final on August 29.
China has won five of the six editions of the tournament: Nakhon Ratchasima 2008, Taicang 2010, Shenzhen 2014, Vinh Phuc 2016 and Nakhon Ratchasima 2018.
Thailand broke the streak in Almaty in 2012. — Joey Villar