SEA Games: Indonesia keeps Pinay spikers winless in prelims
Mark Escarlote on Dec 07, 2019 08:13 PM
The Philippines bowed to Indonesia in a preview of their battle for bronze in the 30th Southeast Asian Games women's volleyball competition. (Arvin Lim)
The Filipinas played aggressive early but lost steam just as quickly as the home team bowed to Indonesia, 25-22, 26-28, 22-25, 14-25, on Saturday to close the preliminary round winless in the 30th Southeast Asian Games women’s volleyball competition at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.
A great first set outing by the Nationals gave the fans inside the arena something to cheer about, only for them to go silent in the next three sets, with the Indonesians sucking the life out of the crowd in the match that served as a preview of the bronze medal duel slated on Monday.
The Philippines dropped all of its three games in the prelims while giving the Indonesians their first win after losing in their first two outings.
The Indonesians turned the tables in the second and third sets, where PHI head coach Shaq Delos Santos worked on different rotations, and waylaid the Filipinas in the fourth frame.
“Siyempre nasayangan kami kasi first set nakuha na namin. Second and third parating lead kami, pero ang pinaglalabanan kasi rito yung endgame, paano namin masusu-sustain from the start till the end,” said skipper Aby Marano, who spoke for Delos Santos after the mentor declined to attend the postmatch conference. “Yun yung mga lapses na napansin namin. 'Yun 'yung common na problem na kailangan naming masolusyunan.”
Mylene Paat scored 14 points while Ces Molina and Majoy Baron chipped in 13 and 12 points, respectively, for the Nationals. Jia Morado tallied 21 excellent sets with three points in four starts.
Philippines’ top hitter Alyssa Valdez was used sparingly, reserving the Nationals’ ace for the important clash in the medal round. Valdez, who played in four sets with limted minutes to finish with personal SEA Games-low two points, according to Marano was suffering from stomach pain since Thursday.
Without its go-to scorer, Delos Santos’ wards couldn’t muster the finishing kick to seal the second and third frames.
The 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games silver medalists rallied from a 15-20 deficit in the second frame and knotted the count at 23. PHI team skipper Aby Marano pushed the Nationals at set point off a running attack but the Indonesians were quick to counter with consecutive points.
Molina put the PHI back on top, 26-25, only to see Indonesia take the next three points to take the win.
It was the same story in the third with the PHI leading, 20-17, and Indonesia overtaking the Nationals in the closing stretch.
Megawati Hangestri Pertiwi led Indonesia with 19 points with all but one coming off attacks while Ratri Wulandri and Wilda Siti scored 18 and 10 markers, respectively.
Meanwhile, 11-time defending champion Thailand swept Vietnam, 25-16, 25-20, 25-15, to complete a sweep of the prelims.
Thailand and Vietnam will dispute the gold medal on Monday.
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