Philippine volleybelles bounce back, even record with straight-sets win over Malaysia
The Philippines comes up with a straight sets win after a three-set defeat. Reuben Terrado

SINGAPORE — The Philippine women's volleyball team won its first match in the 28th Southeast Asian Games, downing Malaysia, 25-15, 25-18, 25-16, on Thursday at the OCBC Arena Hall 2.

The victory evened the Filipina volleybelles' record at 1-1 after a loss to Indonesia on Wednesday.

Alyssa Valdez scored 13 points to lead the charge for the Nationals, who face Vietnam on Saturday.

“First game nila eh, jitters ’yan tapos siyempre naiilang pa sa isang player ng Indonesia. At least, maganda laro nila,” said coach Roger Gorayeb.

The Philippines now face a must-win against Vietnam in order to advance to the semifinals and assure the squad of a bronze medal.

Dindin Santiago had eight points, while skipper Jovelyn Gonzaga and Rachel Anne Daquis had seven each for the Philippines.

“’Yung utak nila, siyempre iba ’yung laro dito, iba ’yung laro sa Maynila. Nakaranas na silang maglaro sa SEA Games,” said Gorayeb.

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