SEA Games: Indonesia silences home team, wins men’s volleyball gold
Mark Escarlote on Dec 10, 2019 07:29 PM
Indonesia overpowered the Philippines to claim the 30th Southeast Asian Games men's volleyball gold medal.
Indonesia completed a clean sweep of the men’s volleyball competition at the expense of home team the Philippines, 25-21, 27-25, 25-17 on Tuesday to claim the gold medal in the 30th Southeast Asian Games at the jam-packed PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.
Experience and firepower were the weapons of the Indonesians against the inexperienced Filipinos, who made their first try for the gold since a silver medal finish in the 1977 edition of the biennial meet.
The trio of Rivan Nurmulki, Doni Haryono and Sigit Ardian powered the Indonesians to a straight sets dismantling of the Philippines to finish the competition unscathed in five games without dropping a set.
Despite the loss, the Filipinos still made history after ending a 28-year podium drought since winning bronze in the 1991 Manila SEA Games and duplicated its best finish in the Games after 42 years.
Haryono delivered 20 points and six digs while Nurmukli and Ardian got 17 and 11 markers, respectively, for teh Indonesians, who rained down a crisp 50-of-100 attacking clip.
Indonesia smelled blood after taking down the hard-fighting Filipinos in the first two sets, building a comfortable lead midway in the third frame to claim their first gold in five editions of the Games.
The Nationals gave the visiting squad a scare in the second set after a sluggish start as the PHI built a 13-10 lead. But it wasn’t enough to deter the Indonesians as they fought back and moved at set point, 24-22.
Marck Espejo saved a point for the Philippines before Nurmulki was called for a foot fault for a deuce.
Nurmulki put Indonesia back at set point before Espejo knotted it again at 25. Haryono was quick to answer as Yuda Putra sealed the frame with a kill block on Espejo.
Espejo, who is set to leave for Thailand on Dec. 15 to play as an import for Visakha Volleyball Club, finished with 15 points while Bryan Bagunas, who will fly back to Japan Wednesday to rejoin club squad Oita Miyoshi Weiss Adler, got 11 markers for the PHI.
Meanwhile, Thailand salvaged a podium finish after bagging the bronze medal at the expense of Myanmar, 25-23, 25-16, 25-20.
Kissada Nilsawai and Amorntep Konhan scored 16 and 10 points, respectively, for Thais, who saw their five-peat bid spoiled by the Philippines in the semis.
Myanmar finished fourth with Vietnam, which defeated Cambodia, 25-10, 25-20, 25-22, in the classification phase taking the fifth spot. Cambodia and Singapore occupied the last two spots, respectively, in the final ranking.
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