In case you missed it, the Philippines is currently playing host to the 2015 U23 Asian Women's Volleyball Championship. On-going at the Philsports Arena, the tournament features some of the best young female volleyballers in all of Asia, including our very own national team is part of the spike-fest.
A total of 12 countries (see full list here) are participating, with the games divided into four main rounds: the preliminaries, the second round, the classification round (for the 9th to 12th place), and the final round which consists of the the semifinals, and the finals. The Philippines shocked favored Kazakhstan in the first round in three sets, earning the team a ticket to the quarterfinals.
However, our Pinay bets lost all their games in the second round against Chinese-Taipei, Japan, and Iran. Don't worry though—they're still in contenti0n. However, they'll have to beat the top dog of Asian women's volleyball, China, in the quarterfinals if they want to move on to the semifinals.
Suffice to say, our U23 volleyball national team—headed by UAAP MVP Alyssa Valdez and coached by champion coach Roger Gorayeb—has a tough task of facing the Chinese giants. Don't worry, girls! We're behind you on this one! #Puso
Despite boxing and basketball hogging the sports limelight in the past few weeks, we've actually been keeping a keen eye on the festivities of the tournament. You probably know the reason: leggy girls in ball-busting action!
Scroll on for some of the prettiest and best sights (so far!) of the 2015 U23 Asian Women's Volleyball Championship!
This trio may be rooting for Kazakhstan, but we're loving their smiles nonetheless!
Can you say "epic home crowd support"?
Uzbekistan's #4 player, Elmira Rajabova, can pass as a supermodel, yes?
Her head might be covered, but there's no hiding the beauty of Iran's #12 player, Halel Montaghiyan.
These gals are really enjoying themselves while rooting for Macau. Peace, yo!
This paparazzi shot of Den-den Lazaro proves she doesn't need to pose to look pretty.
Spotted: Lucy-Torres Gomez, further reinforcing the fact that Goma is one lucky dude.
The cute, glasses-wearing chinita is actually one of Macau's fierce spikers, Law Weng Sam.
Chinese-Taipei's Lee-Tzu-Ying has that poised game face on here.
Here's Macau's Pui U Chan about to serve some rubber. Cue "Sana sa akin na lang siya nakatingin" musings.
Japan's Yuka Imamura sure is in a cheerful warm-up mood here.
Another Japanese player that got our attention: Minami Hinage and her toned legs.
Here's South Korea's Yerim Go doing her best impersonation of a pufferfish. We can't say it's accurate, but it's defo cute!
Do you have your own favorite spiker in the tournament?