Vietnam fights back from a set down to deny Philippines a medal in SEA Games women's volleyball
Aby Marano and the Philippine women's team settle for fourth spot in Kuala Lumpur. Jerome Ascano

KUALA LUMPUR - The Philippines ended the 29th Southeast Asian Games women's volleyball campaign with a 27-25, 22-25, 20-25, 21-25 loss to Vietnam in the bronze medal match on Sunday at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre.

The Pinay spikers came from behind to win in the first set, but were unable to carry the momentum in the next three sets against the Vietnamese side.

The Philippines failed to duplicate the bronze medal finish of the team in 2005 but finishes a notch higher than the 2015 campaign.

Jaja Santiago had 20 points, Alyssa Valdez scored 17 and Jovelyn Gonzaga tallied 13 points for the Philippines.

The Filipinas trailed, 18-13, but mounted a comeback thanks to the efforts of Santiago and Valdez.

The Pinay spikers also saved a set point to extend the first before Santiago and Valdez once again took over by scoring the final two points.

The Philippines posted a 10-5 lead in the second but Tran Thi Thanh Thuy exploded with her attacks to change the complexion of the set. Tran continued her scoring ways in the final two sets and finished with 26 points to power Vietnam to the bronze.

Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hoa added 20 points for Vietnam, which also beat the Philippines in the preliminary round in three sets.

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