THE Philippines hopes to finish its SEA Games volleyball dream run with a gold medal as it battles Indonesia in the title match of the 30th Southeast Asian Games on Tuesday at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.
Silver has been secured with a five-set victory over powerhouse Thailand, but Marck Espejo and Co. are not about to stop.
The match is set at 6 p.m.
“Yung pagkapanalo namin against Thailand ito ang gagamitin namin as motivation,” Espejo told reporters.
“Saka siyempre last game na ito, finals na. Ibinuhos na namin sa semifinals so ito finals dito na kami so di na namin papabayaan ito. All-out na talaga.”
Coach Dante Alinsunurin believes the win over Thailand is no fluke and that the Filipino spikers can sustain the fine place as they take on the Indonesians, silver medalists two years ago in Kuala Lumpur.
“Andito na kami. Di namin bibitawan to hanggang makuha namin yung goal namin,” said Alinsunurin, whose wards matched the team’s best finish in the 1977 games and ended a 28-year medal drought from a bronze finish in 1991.
Bryan Bagunas is also again expected to help carry the scoring load, with support from opposite spikers Johnvic De Guzman and Ranran Abdilla, middle blockers Kim Malabunga, Francis Saura and Rex Intal as well as teen setter Joshua Retamar.
Rivan Nurmukli, Doni Haryono, Sigit Ardian and Putu Randu starred as Indonesia ripped the Philippines in the group stage, but Bagunas is determined to push the nationals to victory in the title match.
“Babawiin namin yung mga pagkakamali namin last game namin against Indonesia,” he said.