SEA Games: PHI, Indonesia dispute women’s volleyball bronze

Mark Escarlote on Dec 09, 2019 10:00 AM
SEA Games: PHI, Indonesia dispute women’s volleyball bronze
The Philippine women's volleyball team guns for a bronze medal finish. (Arvin Lim)

Winless in the preliminary round, the Philippines try to salvage its pride when it goes up against Indonesia for the bronze medal in the 30th Southeast Asian Games women’s volleyball competition at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City on Monday.

Game time is at 3:30 p.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, iWant and via livestream.

Despite dropping all of their three matches in the round robin prelims including a 25-22, 26-28, 22-25, 14-25, defeat at the hands of Indonesia last Saturday, the Filipinas remain hopeful of their chance to redeem themselves and finish the biennial meet with a medal. The Philippines’ last podium finish was in 2005 when it bagged the bronze medal in Bacolod.

“Nasa isip namin ang mentality na nire-represent namin ang bansa namin,” said PHI team libero and two-time SEA Games veteran Dawn Macandili. “Siyempre do-or-die and minsan lang ito eh once in a lifetime experience so dapat baunin namin nag mentality na palaban. Lahat ng Pilipino palaban so dapat ma-embody namin yun inside the court.”

Top hitter Alyssa Valdez is expected to bounce back from a subpar performance the last time out when she scored only two points while being distracted by a bum stomach.

The Philippines also need to squeeze out every drop of contribution it could get from Ces Molina, Mylene Paat, Majoy Baron, Maddie Madayag, skipper Aby Marano, setters Jia Morado and Rhea Dimaculangan and youngblood Eya Laure to snatch the bronze in four-nation competition.

Meanwhile, 11-time defending champion Thailand takes on Vietnam at 6:00 p.m. in the gold medal match.


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