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Dela Noche, Iraya get baptism of fire on international arena

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THE Philippines’s Jayrack Dela Noche and Alexander Iraya lost to Thailand-1’s  Netitorn Muneekul and Wachirawit Muadpha, 18-21, 15-21 in their Third Asian U19 Beach Volleyball Championships debut on Sunday in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand.

The Filipino pair gave the top-seeded Thais everything they had in the opening set and even led, 15-13, before the hosts recovered their bearing with solid plays.

Dela Noche and Iraya kept the game close in the second set, before Netitorn and Wachirawit pulled away with a 17-12 advantage and never looked back.

Thailand-1, which beat Iran-2’s Amir Reza Zamani and Armin Kami, 21-12, 19-21, 16-14, in a thrilling Pool A opening match Saturday, secured a spot in the quarterfinals with its second straight win.

Seeded eighth in the 13-team tournament, Dela Noche and Iraya needed to beat the No. 9 Iranian pair their final pool match at 9 a.m. (Manila time) on Monday to make it to the next round.

The Philippine National Volleyball Federation duo from Victorias City whose participation in the tournament is supported by the Philippine Sports Commission and Rebisco, vowed to do better as they got the feel of the international arena.

“We gave our very best,” said Iraya, who alongside  De la Noche will also represent the Philippines to the Fourth Asian U21 Beach Volleyball Championships, a qualifier for the FIVB U21 Beach Volleyball World Championships, set on July 12.

Image courtesy of AVC PHOTO

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