PHI men's volleyball team fights for dear life
Mark Escarlote on Jun 13, 2015 07:56 PM
I guess lalaban lang kami hindi natin malalaman, bilog ang bola --- head coach Oliver Almadro
SINGAPORE --- After their counterparts officially bid goodbye to a medal finish, the Philippine national men’s volleyball team will now have the spotlight as they fight for dear life against no less than the defending champion Thailand Sunday in the 28th Southeast Asian Games at the OCBC Arena Hall 2 here.
Oliver Almadro and his crew is facing a daunting task of defeating the Thais at their 10:00 a.m. game.
The Filipinos made a surprise opening day victory, turning back Malaysia in a come-from-behind 20-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-19 decision but missed a golden opportunity of making history after losing to Myanmar 16-25, 14-25, 31-33, Thursday.
“It will be hard for us because next game is (against) Thailand, but who knows,” said an emotional head coach Oliver Almadro.
“I guess lalaban lang kami hindi natin malalaman, bilog ang bola,” he added. “We are the underdogs but it’s not the dog in the fight but the fight in the dog.”
Thailand breezed past Myanmar, which holds a 2-1 card, before winning in four sets against Malaysia.
The Filipinos will need to win convincingly – in three sets – and hope for a better ranking points to advance in the Final Four, where at least a bronze medal is assured.
Marck Espejo, Peter Torres, John Vic De Guzman and Rex Intal will need to step up big time to help the squad bring home a medal in its first participation in the biennial meet after a decade of absence.
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