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    April Manganang-led Indonesia deals Philippines a reality check in SEA Games volleyball

    Jun 10, 2015

    SINGAPORE - Indonesia dealt the Philippines a reality check in its return to the Southeast Asian Games women's volleyball competitions after a decade-long absence, winning in straight sets on Wednesday behind the heroics of controversial star April Manganang.

    Cleared to play hours before the game by organizers after a Philippine protest seeking a gender test was junked, Manganang proceeded to star for the Indonesian team in an emphatic 25-23, 25-20, 25-15 win before a predominantly pro-Philippines crowd at the OCBC Arena Hall 2 of the Singapore National Stadium.

    The Filipina spikers started well but soon unravelled after losing a close first set, their every mistake exploited by the veteran-laden Indonesians who proceeded tp wrap up the Group B match in one hour and 51 minutes.

    “This game showed our lack of international experience and short preparations,” said head coach Roger Gorayeb. “Nagsama-sama na lahat. The SEA Games is an entirely new level compared to what we have back home.””

    Manganang proved a major force for the Indonesians, who bagged the bronze medal behind Thailand and Vietnam in the 2013 SEA Games in Myanmar.

    The well-built Manganang led the Indonesians with 13 points while captain Amalia Nabila added 10.

    Alyssa Valdez had 15 points to lead the Filipina spikers. Under-23 teammate Jaja Santiago added seven points but elder sister Dindin Santiago-Manabat was held to two points.

    Gorayeb added that unlike the recent Asian Under-23 Women’s Volleyball Championship in Manila “we are no longer playing on our homecourt. Iba talaga ang laro sa labas ng bansa.”

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    The national team will try to regroup when they take on Malaysia  at 10 a.m. on Thursday.

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