Pinay spikers maul Malaysia, keep semis hope alive

Mark Escarlote on Jun 11, 2015 12:31 PM
Pinay spikers maul Malaysia, keep semis hope alive
Ganado lang talaga sila kasi nakaranas na silang maglaro sa SEA Games kahapon e --- head coach Roger Gorayeb

SINGAPORE --- With their first game jitters shaken off, the Philippine national women’s volleyball team showed its true form in sweeping the Malaysians, 25-15, 25-18, 25-16, Thursday morning to keep their semifinals hope alive in the 28th Southeast Asian Games at the OCBC Arena Hall 2 here.

Alyssa Valdez found her rhythm in the early going of the match, unleashing 13 points from 12 kills and a block to help the Filipinas bounce back after their opening game straight sets loss against Indonesia.

“Alam naman natin na may mga first game jitters ang mga yan and medyo naiilang sila dun sa player ng Indonesia (Aprilia Manganang),” said head coach Roger Gorayeb. “Well at least maganda naman ang laro ngayon kaya happy na.”

Dindin Santiago-Manabat scored eight points while skipper Jovelyn Gonzaga and Rachel Anne Daquis, who was again the most sought after player by foreign media, posted seven points each for the nationals.

The Filipinas are forced to win all their remaining games in the 4-nation pool after getting outclassed by the Indons, 22-25, 20-25, 14-25, Wednesday behind the inspired 13-point performance of the allegedly hermaphrodite Manganang.

"Ganado lang talaga sila kasi nakaranas na silang maglaro sa SEA Games kahapon e," he added. "Actually tanggal na hindi yung kaba e kundi yung super excited maglaro."

The Pinays were aggressive all the way, hitting with precision and manning the net better than their first game.

Shuh Thing Beh led the Malaysians, down for the second straight game, with nine points.

The Philippines will have a day off on Friday before marching into the all-important match against Vietnam, the 2013 Myanmar SEA Games silver medalists, on Saturday.

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