Pinoy spikers bow out of semis race

ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 23, 2017 09:50 PM
Pinoy spikers bow out of semis race
The Philippine national men's volleyball team came up short in its quest for a podium finish.

KUALA LUMPUR --- The Philippine national men’s volleyball team kissed its semifinals hopes goodbye after a heartbreaking 21-25, 25-23, 33-35, 21-25, loss to Indonesia Wednesday night in the 29th Southeast Asian Games volleyball competition here.

It was a sorry loss for the Filipinos, who dropped for their second consecutive match, as they bowed of the podium race.

After tying the match at two sets apiece, the PHI team came close to claiming the third set with a 24-23 lead only to see the Indonesians comeback. It was a nip and tuck battle from there with Indonesia holding on in the end as the Filipinos crumbled under tremendous pressure.

The fourth was also a thrilling race to the finish with the PHI tying the frame at 17.

But a costly service error followed by a service ace by the Indonesians shifted the momentum once again. Herschel Ramos tried to keep the PHI afloat, 19-20.

The PHI again closed the gap, 20-21, but Indonesia scored three straight points, 24-20, after team captain Johnvic De Guzman sent his service short followed by the Indonesians’ kill block and another attack error by the Filipinos.

De Guzman scored an off the block kill to save a match point before Indonesia sealed their semifinals-clinching win with a blinding cross court kill.

Indonesia tied Vietnam on top with 2-0 win-loss slate. The two squads will face off on Thursday.

The PHI, which opened the tournament with a straight sets loss to semis-bound Vietnam, will close its campaign on Friday against winless East Timor. 

PHI also failed to advance in the semifinals two years ago in Singapore, winning only against Malaysia in four sets. 

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