SEA Games: Filipinas blank Malaysians for back-to-back wins in beach volleyball
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 02, 2019 01:03 PM
(Photo courtesy of Gretchen Ho)
SUBIC - For the first time in 2019 Southeast Asian Games women's beach volleyball, the Philippines had no problems whatsoever.
Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons swept the pair of Mae Tasha and Tan His Yan while Dzi Gervacio and Dij Rodriguez edged out the duo of Joo Shu Woon and Foo Sin Xi as the Filipinas dispatched Malaysia, 2-0, Monday at Subic Tennis Courts.
Rondina and Pons blasted through their opponents in straight sets, 21-13 and 21-9.
This, just a day after they had to win two matches to score the maiden point for the country.
Gervacio and Rodriguez had a tougher time, even dropping the first set before rallying to score their first win in the tournament in three, 17-21, 21-13, 15-7.
They had been unlucky in their first two matches in the tournament before finally breaking through.
As the Philippine pair took care of business, it did not have to play in any Golden Match en route to claiming two country points - very much in the thick of things for a medal in the regional meet.
At the end of the single round robin, all teams will be ranked based on country points - wins, in essence - with the no. 1 winning gold.
Up next for the Filipinas is powerhouse Thailand on Tuesday.
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