MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines increased their bid for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after their men’s and women’s beach volleyball teams scored early victories at the AVC Continental Cup on Friday at Nakhon Pathom in Thailand.
Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons stunned New Zealanders Francesca Kirwan and Olivia Macdonal in three sets, 21-12, 17-21, 15-9, putting the Philippines in a 1-1 draw against the Kiwis in the women’s semifinals.
Another gold match will be played between the two countries to see who advances to the final and faces Japan.
PHI 1 ‘Cherry Ann Rondina / Bernadeth Pons discuss the match against NZL 1, which they beat 2-1, in the AVC Continental Cup semi-finals in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand on Friday. #FIVB #AVC #AVCVolley #AsiaVolleyball #AvcContinentalCup pic.twitter.com/QbdsCe4a15
– Asian Volleyball Confederation (@AsianVolleyball) June 18, 2021
“We are very happy because we won the game against New Zealand and we never expected to win against such experienced veterans,” Rondina said in Filipino in an interview posted on AVC’s Twitter page. “We never thought about our height disadvantage and what we did before was to do our best and of course make the Filipinos proud.”
“Thank you to all the Filipinos who supported us and I know that even if we are in Thailand they are seeing it online. Thank you and I hope you
Are you still supporting us? ”Said Pons in Filipino.
Jude Garcia and Jaron Requinton defeated Lebanese Joe El Azzi and Paul Bou Akl 21-16, 21-17 in the Golden Match to help the Philippines advance to the semi-finals in the men’s division.
“Lebanon would not give up that easily so we had to push ourselves in the Golden Match, the winner will be the one with the most pride,” said Jaron Requinton in Filipino.
A Golden Match is played when two federations or countries draw 1-1 with each other.
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