2019 ASEAN Grand Prix: Philippines aims for silver medal finish

Mark Escarlote on Oct 06, 2019 12:54 AM
Philippines aims for silver medal finish in ASEAN Grand Prix
The Philippines aims to surpass its third place finish in the opening leg in a rematch with Indonesia (photo by Richard Esguerra).

STA. ROSA, Laguna --- A full force Philippine national team marches into battle against Indonesia with its sights focused on a possible silver medal finish in the ASEAN Grand Prix second leg on Sunday.

The Nationals will have a complete line-up with top hitter Alyssa Valdez, setter Jia Morado, Maddie Madayag and Jovelyn Gonzaga returning from their club duties in a rematch with the Indonesians at 5:0 p.m. at the Sta. Rosa Multi-purpose Gym here.

The game is available on iWant and via livestream.

Both teams sport 1-1 win-loss cards heading into the final playdate of the four-nation tournament’s stop in the Philippines.

The Indonesians defeated the Filipinas in five sets two weeks ago in the first leg in Nakhon Ratchasima.

“Well, pag-aaralan namin ‘yung laro nila,” said PHI team captain Aby Marano. “Siyempre last leg natalo kami in five sets. Definitely, we will adjust kung ano yung mga lapses namin dun. Pag-iigihan namin at siguro ie-elevate pa namin yung performance namin.”

The Nationals absorbed a 12-25, 16-25 10-25, defeat at the hands of powerhouse Thailand with only 10 players on deck.

Despite the loss, Marano remains hopeful that the valuable lessons they learned playing Thailand will help them surpass their bronze medal finish last leg.

“Sigurado ako itong nangyari sa amin against Thailand, magiging motivation to para bukas,” said Marano. “Bawiin namin kung ano yung naging resulta ngayon and at the same time gusto namin i-aim yung silver.”

“Kasi kung nagkaron nga tayo ng chance na magka-bronze, ibig sabihin possible din pala na makakuha tayo ng mas mataas pa dun,” added the very optimistic skipper. “At tatrabahuhin namin yun bukas for sure.”

The Thais, on the other hand, are looking for a second straight crown in its showdown with winless Vietnam at 3:00 p.m.   

 

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