OKBet Volley: Atienza Selected as ASEAN Grand Prix Best Libero
Kyla Atienza continues to shine in the international volleyball scene.
At the conclusion of the ASEAN Grand Prix on Sunday, the Philippines did not place on the podium for the first time in the three iterations of the regional volleyball tournament. The sensational libero brought her impressive skills at defending her team’s back row, which led to her being named the Best Libero at the competition.
Atienza, who plays out of Far Eastern University and is in her second international stint, already impressed the home crowd during the Asian Volleyball Confederation Grand Prix that the Philippine National Volleyball Federation hosted at the PhilSports Arena a month ago. Atienza, who is 25 years old and in her second international stint, is in her second international stint.
Atienza and the Nationals, on the other hand, were unable to overcome Indonesia’s staying power and suffered a heartbreaking loss in the match for the bronze medal in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. The final score was 24-26, 22-25, 23-25.
The first set was a real emotional roller coaster. The Philippines were able to reach set point because of the efforts of Michele Gumabao and Jema Galanza, but they were unable to finish the match since Indonesia’s blocking was in full force.
The national women’s team committed two errors in quick succession at the end of the second set, which allowed the Indonesians to take a 2-0 set lead. Stiovanny Yoku Mediol and Nandita teamed up to overcome a 22-23 deficit and win the bronze medal match in the third set for the Philippines.
Galanza finished with 16 points, which she achieved through 14 attacks, one block, and one service ace. Gumabao and Ced Domingo both contributed 15 kills to the team’s total, and Gumabao added 10 kills.
The Philippines came in third place in both the first tournament held in Nakhon Ratchasima in September 2019 and the tournament held in Santa Rosa, Laguna in October 2019. Tots Carlos, who led the scoring against both the host nation of Thailand and Vietnam, finished with seven points for the Philippines.
The Indonesian team ended the quick tournament with a record of 1-2 in terms of wins and losses.
After winning the gold medal match against Vietnam with scores of 25-19, 25-17, and 26-24, Thailand completed a clean three-match sweep.
The other individuals who won awards were Tran Thi Thanh Thuy from Vietnam and Ajcharaporn Kongyot from Thailand. Thi Kieu Trinh Hoang from Vietnam and Tichakorn Boonlert from Thailand won the award for best middle blocker. Best Setter Pornpun Guedpard from Thailand, Best Opposite Spiker Hangesri Pertiwi Megawati from Indonesia, and Pimpichaya Kokram from Thailand won the (Thailand).
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