Japan’s unbeaten run in the Volleyball Men’s Nation League (VNL) stopped after Italy turned it back with a 29-27, 28-26, 23-25, 25-20 decision on Saturday, July 8 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
The penultimate day in Manila served as a treat for thousands of spectators as world no. The 2 Italians were led by Yuri Romano’s 22 points, who had 16 attacks, three blocks, and three aces, improving to 9-3.
On the other hand, Yuki Ishikawa poured in 21 points from 17 attacks, three blocks and one ace while Japan remained ahead of the standings at 10-1.
Earlier, the world no.1 Poland defeated Canada in straight sets, 25-21, 25-23, 27-25, while the world no. 3 Brazil defeated China, 25-19, 25-17, 25-17.
On the other hand, members of the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) squad PLDT High Speed Hitters were also part of the large crowd that witnessed the ballyhooed battle between Japan and Italy.
The High Speed Hitters, represented by Michelle Morente, Jessey De Leon, Erika Santos, Fiola Mae Ceballos, Rachel Austero, and Julianne Samonte helped with selfie requests and autograph signing at the PLDT team meet and greet event Home’s booth located in the second. floor lobby.
The event is part of PLDT Home’s commitment to further enhance the fan experience at VNL, where the company is a major sponsor.
“PLDT Home keeps me connected to my family from the province and at home we also have reliable PLDT Home internet service when we want to watch and monitor VNL,” said Morente.
De Leon also credited PLDT as a major player in helping bring quality sports to the countless legions of fans in the Philippines.
“I think it is important for the sports community that PLDT itself supports sports, PLDT can help bring sports to the public,” said De Leon.
“They know the needs of the people, and in turn they patronize sports, and that is an important part of PLDT’s support.”
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