SEA Games: Pinoy spikers face Thais for championship berth
Mark Escarlote on Dec 07, 2019 11:23 PM
The Philippine men's volleyball team takes on Thailand in the semifinal of the 30th Southeast Asian Games. (Arvin Lim)
The Philippines is facing an uphill climb in its attempt to secure a gold medal round berth when it takes on defending champion Thailand in the semifinal of the 30th Southeast Asian Games men’s volleyball Sunday at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.
Game time is at 6:00 p.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, iWant and via livestream.
The Nationals are seeded second in the in the crossover, knockout Final Four after closing the Pool B elimination round with a 2-1 win-loss record, losing only to 2017 silver medalist Indonesia.
But the straight sets loss to the Indonesians could prove costly as the Filipinos set up an early collision course with the unbeaten five-peat-seeking Thais.
PHI head coach Dante Alinsurin hopes that his wards led by the tandem of powerhitters Marck Espejo and Bryan Bagunas will learn from their mistakes in the previous outing to stand a chance against the mighty Thais.
“Siyempre ‘yung mga mali namin, yung mga miscommunication namin sa court, siguro magtututok kami dun,” said Alinsunurin, whose squad scored only one kill block and one ace against Indonesia.
The Nationals averaged 14 blocks and seven aces in their wins against Cambodia and Vietnam.
Thailand topped Pool A after beating Singapore and no. 2 semis seed Myanmar.
Indonesia and Myanmar will square off at 3:30 p.m. while the classification match between Singapore and Vietnam is set at 1:00 p.m.
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