THE Philippine women’s volleyball team suffered another sorry loss to Indonesia, 25-22, 26-28, 22-25, 14-25, in a no-bearing match in the 30th Southeast Asian Games on Saturday at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.
The Filipina spikers failed to sustain a fine start as they blew huge leads late in the second and third sets, allowing the Indonesians to finish their campaign in the elimination round of a winning note.
But the real battle for the two teams happens on Monday, when Philippines and Indonesia dispute the bronze medal.
Alyssa Valdez and other fellow starters played sparingly as national head coach Shaq Delos Santos experimented on his rotation in the no-bearing game.
Megawati Hangestru Pertiwi and Ratri Wulandari showed the way for the Indonesians, delivering 19 and 18 points, respectively. Wilda Siti Nurfadhilah Sugandi added 10 markers as they won the last of their three outings in the elims.
“Siyempre nasayangan kami kasi first set nakuha na namin. Second and third sets parating lead kami, pero ang pinaglalabanan kasi rito yung endgame, pano namin masusu-sustain from the start till the end,” said team captain Aby Marano, speaking on behalf of coach Shaq Delos Santos, who declined to attend the post-game press conference.
Wing spikers Mylene Paat and Ces Molina provided the firepower to Philippines with 14 and 13 points, respectively, as Valdez played sparingly due to stomach pain.
Majoy Baron chipped in 12 points. Marano had eight markers, while teen Eya Laure played with extended minutes adding seven.