Valdez, Gonzaga and Co. bow out of SEA Games with straight-sets loss to Vietnam
The inexperience on the international stage again shows as the Philippine squad featuring Alyssa Valdez and other young players and several veteran volleybelles suffer another quick loss. Reuben Terrado

SINGAPORE — The Philippines ended its campaign in the 28th Southeast Asian Games women's volleyball competition with a 25-16, 26-21, 25-23 loss to Vietnam on Saturday at the OCBC Arena.

Alyssa Valdez had 11 points, Jaja Santiago added 10 points, and the Philippines suffered its second loss of the tournament to bow out of the competition.

The Philippines came up with fine plays in the third set, with Rachel Anne Daquis giving the team the lead, 19-18. An error by Vietnam also gave the Philippines a 23-22 lead before the Do Thi Minh-led side put the Filipinas away.

Do scored a match-high 13 points for Vietnam, which completed a sweep of Pool B with a 3-0 win-loss slate.

The April Manganang-led Indonesia squad gets the second semifinal spot in Pool B after finishing the preliminaries with a 2-1 win-loss slate.

National head coach Roger Gorayeb said he was satisfied with the overall result of their campaign that also saw the Philippines beat Malaysia, their lone victory of the competition.

“Masaya ako given na less than one month nag-ensayo,” said Gorayeb. “How I wish this team was formed one or two years ago. Not two weeks ago.”

The Philippines was making its return to the SEA Games competition following a 10-year hiatus.

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