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    PH spikers fall to Indonesia, draw SEAG champion Thailand in semis

    Dec 6, 2019

    THE Philippine men’s volleyball team failed to sweep the group stage, absorbing a 23-25, 30-32, 20-25 defeat at the hands of Indonesia in the 30th Southeast Asian Games on Friday at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.

    The Indonesians silenced the home crowd and sent the Filipino Spikers crashing back to earth, completing a sweep of Group B to set up a semifinal against Group A second-placer Myanmar on Sunday.

    The Philippines, which swept its first two games, fell to No. 2 and will be taking on four-time defending champion Thailand in the semis.

    The Filipino spikers dropped two close sets then blew a 16-11 lead in the third as a hit by Rivan Nurmukli sparked a blistering 7-1 run that put the match away.

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    Nurmukli dropped 24 points off 19 kills and five blocks. Doni Haryono nailed 16-of-25 in attacks for 18 points for Indonesia.

    Sigit Ardian added 13 points and 13 excellent receptions while Putu Randu, who kept taunting the crowd during the game, added eight markers.

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    Bryan Bagunas and Marck Espejo provided 41 of the Philippines’ 51 kills and finished with 24 and 17 points, respectively.

    Despite the good percentage in attacking, the Filipino Spikers failed to deliver in blocking and committed too many service errors.

    From averaging 14 kill blocks and seven aces in the past two games, Philippines only tallied one in each department, both from setter Joshua Retamar.

    “Medyo mabigat ang laro namin kanina. Nagkulang kami pero alam namin sa sarili namin kung ano ang dapat naming gawin sa susunod na makaharap namin sila,” said national head coach Dante Alinsunurin.

    “Yun lang talaga kailagan lang naming magsumikap pa para makuha ang game na yun.”

    Team captain Johnvic De Guzman only played early in the first set before hurting his right knee and never returned.

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