2019 ASEAN Grand Prix: Indonesia claims silver, downs PHI

Mark Escarlote on Oct 06, 2019 07:11 PM
2019 ASEAN Grand Prix: Indonesia claims silver, downs PHI
Indonesia broke the hearts of the home crowd with a four-set win over the Philippines to bag another silver medal. (Richard Esguerra)

STA. ROSA, Laguna --- Indonesia reasserted its mastery over the Philippines as they silenced the home crowd with an emphatic, 25-21, 25-17, 21-25, 25-21, victory to bag the silver medal in the 2019 ASEAN Grand Prix second leg at Sta. Rosa Sports Complex here Sunday.

Arsela Nuari Purnam and Megawati Pertiwi Hangestri dismantled the Philippines’ defense while Ratri Wulandari punished the host team from the service line as the Indonesians duplicated their runner-up finish in the opening leg in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand last week.              

Forced to a five-setter in their first leg meeting, the Indonesians made sure that the Nationals won’t pull a comeback as they weathered the Filipinas' comeback attempts to wrap the tournament with a 2-1 win-loss slate.   

Indonesia got the breaks of the game late in the fourth set as it dodged the Filipinas' comeback attempts as the host team committed three costly errors.

Hangestri torched the Philippines with 26 points with 21 coming off kills, Nuari Purnama got 17 markers while Wulandari punished from the service line with four aces in her 12-point output for Indonesia.

Down, 0-2, in the match, the Nationals found renewed energy in the third with Jovelyn Gonzaga, Ces Molina and Alyssa Valdez, who returned from a club commitment in Iloilo Saturday, conniving as the Filipina wingers found their mark. The Nationals opened a 20-16 advantage but had some anxious moments when the Indonesians came breathing down their necks, 22-20.

Hangestri served out before setter Jia Morado scored off a block to put the Philippines at set point. Indonesia saves a point before Valdez hammered one down to close the frame.        

Indonesia built a 20-16 separation in the opening set before Jovelyn Gonzaga went on a personal three-point scoring spurt to cut the lead, 21-19. The Indonesians countered with a run of their own to move at set point before Gonzaga saved a point to close a long rally before Purnama wrapped frame.

The Indonesians sustained their momentum as they again created a comfortable cushion and kept the Nationals’ sporadic counters at bay with timely hits to quell the Filipinas’ short uprisings for a 2-0 match lead. 

Gonzaga had 14 points with 12  coming off attacks and added 11 receptions while Valdez registered 13 markers including four aces and added 18 digs for the PHI. Molina posted nine points, all from attacks, while Morado tallied 22 excellent sets.

Majoy Baron finished with six points including three kill blocks as she received her second straight Best Middle Blocker award while Best Libero awardee Dawn Macandili tallied 17 digs for PHI.

The Philippines, who is set name its final lineup for the 30th Southeast Asian Games in Manila next month on Monday, settled for another bronze medal finish, winning only against listless Vietnam before bowing down to eventual back-to-back champion Thailand and Indonesia. 



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