Japan’s undefeated run in the Volleyball Men’s Nation League (VNL) came to a screeching halt 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 the world no. 2 Italians were led by Yuri Romano’s 22 points which stood on 16 attacks, three blocks, and three aces, improving to 9-3.
On the other hand, Yuki Ishikawa carded 21 points on 17 attacks, three blocks and an ace as Japan remained on top of the standings at 10-1.
Earlier in the day, world no.1 Poland dispatched Canada in straight sets, 25-21, 25-23, 27-25, while world no. 3 Brazil blanked China, 25-19, 25-17, 25-17.
Meanwhile, members of Premier Volleyball League (PVL) squad PLDT High Speed Hitters were also part of the huge 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 gamely catered to selfie requests and autograph signings in the team’s meet and greet event at PLDT Home’s booth located in the second floor lobby.
The activity is part of PLDT Home’s commitment to further elevate the fan experience in the VNL, where the company is a major sponsor.
“PLDT Home has kept me connected with my family from the province and back home we also have PLDT Home’s reliable internet service should we want to watch and monitor the VNL,” said Morente.
De Leon also credits PLDT for being a major player in helping bring quality sports to countless legions of fans in the Philippines.
“I think it's vital for the sports community that PLDT itself is supportive when it comes to sports, PLDT helps in bringing the sports to the public,” remarked De Leon.
“They are aware to the needs of the people, and in turn they patronize sports even more, and that's an integral part of PLDT's support.”