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Mendrez, Nabor lift Phil U-19 over Aussies

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University of the East’s Mary Anne Mendrez and National U’s Jasmine Nabor made up for their anemic outing against the Koreans to give Philippines U-19 its first win in the 18th Asian Women’s Under-19 Volleyball Championship in Thailand.

The mighty Philippine team put up a gallant fight to surprise Australia, 15-25, 25-21, 25-20, 23-25, 15-11, in a thrilling five sets victory.

Mendrez and Nabor both finished with 18 points boosting their playoff chances when they battle Chinese-Taipei.

Seasoned coach Francis Vicente’s squad clawed back from a 17-20, deficit and scored eight successive points to snatch set 3.

The Filipinas bowed out to powerhouse Korea in their opening game, 25-17, 25-14, 25-17.

Philippine U-19 was grouped with Korea, Taiwan and Australia in Group D.