SEA Games: PHI men's volleyball team goes for historic golden finish

Mark Escarlote on Dec 10, 2019 10:36 AM
 PHI men's volleyball team goes for historic golden finish
Eyes on the gold as the Philippine men's volleyball tries to write history. (Arvin Lim)

The Philippines gets a chance to write history on Tuesday when the underdogs challenge regional power Indonesia for the gold medal in the 30th Southeast Asian Games men’s volleyball competition at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

More than four decades since finishing runner-up in the biennial meet, the Nationals shoot for its first-ever top podium finish at 6:00 p.m.

The match will on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, iWant and via livestream.

The Filipinos earned their golden ticket to the biggest stage in a dramatic fashion as they survived being pushed to the brink of elimination in the fourth set before pulling off a monumental upset over dethroned four-time champion Thailand, 17-25, 25-20, 23-25, 27-25, 17-15, on Sunday in the knockout semifinal.

But the work is far from over as the Nationals, who won silver back in 1977 in Malaysia during the debut of the sport in the SEA Games behind gold medalist Burma (now Myanmar), still have to hurdle the only team that handed them a defeat in the competition.

“Yung pagkapanalo namin against Thailand ito ang gagamitin namin as motivation. Saka siyempre last game na ito, finals na,” said PHI hitter Marck Espejo. “Ibinuhos na namin sa semifinals so ito finals dito na kami so di na namin papabayaan ito. All-out na talaga.”

Indonesia, which beat Myanmar in the semis, is still unbeaten but Bryan Bagunas, who hammered the final nail to the coffin of Thailand to propel the PHI to the final, believes that the Nationals now have the momentum and hunger to go all-out.

“Dito sa semifibals ibinuhos namin ano pa sa final di ba? Talagang bubuhos na namin yung makakaya namin para sa Pilipinas,” he said. “Babawiin namin yung mga pagkakamali namin last game namin against Indonesia.”

Meanwhile, Myanmar and Thailand battle for the bronze medal at 3:30 p.m.



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