Filipinas score SEA Games bronze with assist from Indonesians

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 06, 2019 05:21 PM
Filipinas score bronze with assist from Indonesians
The Philippines can thank Indonesia for its bronze medal in women’s beach volleyball.

SUBIC - Indonesia had quite the home court advantage in its match opposite Vietnam, Wednesday at the converted Tennis Court here.

Playing for the last time in women’s beach volleyball in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, the Indonesians heard cheers all throughout as they downed the Vietnamese in straight sets.

And those cheering them on? Well, Filipinos - including the Philippine national team.

Yes, all of Sisi Rondina, Bernadeth Pons, Dij Rodriguez, and Dzi Gervacio were in all-out support for Indonesia.

That’s because, to bag the bronze, the Filipinas needed Vietnam to lose the match.

This, even though they had already triumphed in their meeting with Singapore earlier. “”Di pa pwede mag-celebrate,” Rondina said right after they dominated.

If Vietnam won, it would be tied with the Philippines in the standing, but the tiebreak would go to the former rather than the latter.

And so, the four-time champion and MVP in UAAP beach volleyball and her teammates shouted “INDO-NESIA! INDO-NESIA!” all throughout.

In the end, backed by the host country, the Indonesians triumphed.

And at the same time, so did the Filipinas.

Now, the Philippines is a medalist again in the sport in the regional meet - and it wouldn’t have happened it not for its fellow archipelagic country. “Ang goal talaga namin, makakuha kahit anong medal. Basta podium, walang problema,” Rondina said.

Pons could only agree. As she put it, “Sobrang saya namin kasi last na nag-medal Philippines dito is 2005 pa. Sobrang tagal na rin nun so sobrang saya.”

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