Pinay volleybelles bow to Indonesia in straight sets
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 10, 2015 02:52 PM
The Philippines loses to Indonesia in straight sets, 22-25, 20-25, 25-14
SINGAPORE – The inexperience and short buildup told on the national women’s volleyball team here on Wednesday, losing in straight sets to Indonesia, 22-25, 20-25, 25-14 in its comeback match in the 28th Singapore Southeast Asian Games volleyball tournament at the OCBC Arena here.
After a close first set , the Filipina volleybelles unraveled in the last two as the Indonesians exploited every mistake and miscue of their rivals en route to securing their first win after one hour and 51 minutes at the start of action in Group B.
As expected, athletic Aprilia Manganang, whose gender was the subject of a Philippine protest, and captain Amalia Nabila anchored the attack of the Indons, bronze medalists in the 2013 Myanmar SEA Games, with 13 and 10 points, respectively,
Alyssa Valdez had 15 points in pacing the Filipinas but towering Jaja Santiago and elder sibling Dindin Santiago-Manabat were neutralized and had only seven and two points, respectively.
“This game showed our lack of international experience and short preparations,” noted head coach Roger Gorayeb. “Nagsama-sama na lahat. The SEA Games is an entirely new level compared to what we have back home.””
Gorayeb added that unlike the recent Asian Under-23 Women’s Volleyball Championship in Manila “we are no longer playing on our homecourt. Iba talaga ang laro sa labas ng bansa.”
The Nationals will try to regroup when they take on Malaysia at 10 a.m. tomorrow.