ASIAN GAMES: Manganang punishes PHI in Indonesia win
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 25, 2018 10:03 PM
Indonesia reasserted its mastery over the Philippines in the 2018 Asian Games women's volleyball.
Aprilia Manganang made the Filipinas remember who she is.
The Indonesian hitter played with the same power and intensity she displayed three years ago in their first meeting as the host team beat the Philippine squad, 25-20, 25-20, 24-26, 25-22, Saturday night in the 18th Asian Games women’s volleyball tournament at the GBK Hall.
Manganang gave the Filipinas all kinds of problem on defense and energized Indonesia in the tight fourth set to finish off the PHI.
Manganang dropped 28 big points with all but one coming off attacks that wreaked havoc on the Filipinas' net and floor defense while Amalia Nabila had 11 markers from seven kills and four service aces for Indonesia.
Indonesia grabbed its second win in three games and reasserted its mastery over the PHI, duplicating its emphatic straight-set win, 25-22, 25-20, 25-14, in the 28th Southeast Asian Games in Singapore back in 2015.
After stealing the third set, the revitalized Filipinas engaged Indonesia in a see-saw battle in the fourth frame with Manganang resting on the bench and her sister Amasya playing. The PHI took an 18-17 lead before Indonesia sent Manganang back, who instantly made an impact scoring on a kill that sparked a 6-0 blitz to take a 23-18 lead.
The Filipinas saved two match points only to commit its last of 26 errors on a reception miscommunication.
The PHI finished the pool play with 1-3 record and advanced in the quarterfinals straight to a collision course with either Olympic champion China or defending Asian titlist South Korea.
Alyssa Valdez had 16 points, 14 coming off attacks, while Jaja Santiago had 13 to lead the Filipinas, who failed to sustain the momentum they had when they defeated Hong Kong in straight sets - the country's first win after 36 years.