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Kobe hands PSL-F2 fourth straight loss

Hisamitsu Springs Kobe dealt PSL-F2 Logistics a stinging 25-15, 25-18, 25-21 setback yesterday, relegating the local entry into a battle for seventh place on the penultimate day of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championships at the Mall of Asia Arena.

It was the fourth defeat in as many matches for PSL-F2 which tried its best to give the audience a treat but was simply overpowered by the opposition.

PSL-F2 will attempt to barge into the win column when it squares off with Bangkok Glass for seventh slot after the Thai squad got dumped by Rexona-Sesc Rio, 25-19, 25-15, 25-20.

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Hisamitsu Springs, for its part, clashes with Rexona-Sesc for a chance at fifth place.

Import Lindsay Stalzer led PSL-F2 with 15 points, but it was not enough to topple the fancied Japanese entry.

Yuki Ishii and Risa Shinnabe topscored for Hisamitsu Springs with 16 and 14 points, respectively, including combined 27 kills.

Prior to the match, PSL-F2 Coach Moro Branislav lauded his players for putting up a gallant stand, citing the four-set loss to defending champion Eczacibasi Vitra-Istanbul on Friday night as something to be proud of.

“This is a very important experience for Filipino players, and I guarantee you after this competition, Filipino players will be better in the Asian level and the level of Philippine volleyball will go up 30 to 40 percent,” said Branislav.

“It’s very big,” he added.

Earlier, Eczacibasi Vitra inched closer to retaining its crown as it bested fellow Turkish squad VakifBank Istanbul, 25-23, 19-25, 25-17, 25-23, for the first championship seat.

The defending champion Eczacibasi, who topped Pool A in the preliminaries relied on their sharp serves by posting 11 aces while outhustling the offense-minded VakifBank.

Serbian national team member Tijana Boskovic pumped in 22 points built on 17 attacks, three aces and two blocks for Eczacibasi, even as Russian wing spiker and world club veteran Tatiana Kosheleva fired 13 points, 11 coming from spikes.

Eczacibasi awaits the winner between Volero Zurich and Pomi Casalmaggiore for its final round opponent.

Eczacibasi VitrA coach Massimo Barbolini credited their stunning win to their airtight defense.

“I’m very happy that we won, thanks to our defense,” said Barbolini, whose wards allowed Olympics Most Valuable Player Zhu Ting to do damage but stopped Lonneke Sloetjes, Kirdar Gozde, Milena Rasic and Kim Hill from asserting their presence.