SEA Games: Pinays fall in beach volleyball opener

Mark Escarlote on Nov 29, 2019 10:55 PM
SEA Games: Pinays fall in beach volleyball opener
The Philippine women's beach volleyball team came up short against Indonesia in their 30th Southeast Asian Games opener. (Photo: Aubrey Lavern Reyes)

The Philippine women’s team fell short in its debut against Indonesia, 0-2, in the 30th Southeast Asian Games beach volleyball competition at the converted Subic Tennis Court Friday.

Dzi Gervacio and Dij Rodriguez failed to save the host team from a shutout defeat after a sorry 14-21, 16-21, loss to the Indonesian tandem of Allysah Mutakharah and Desi Ratsanari in the second match of the tie.   

“Naga-adjust pa kami. This is the first real tournament that we partnered,”said Gervacio. “Wala pa masyado ‘yung chemistry at intensity pero ngayong na-experience na namin, next game alam na namin.”

The Nationals started off on a sour note after the pair of Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons suffered a stinging 18-21, 21-16, 13-15, defeat at the hands of Dhita Juliana and Putu Dini Jasita Utami.

The Filipinas actually took a 13-12 lead in the third set but was denied by the Indonesians as they scored three straight points to escape with the first victory of the tie. 

Gervacio and Rodriguez tried to force a decider to no avail.

The Philippines will take on Vietnam on Sunday.




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