STA. ROSA, Laguna — The Philippine women’s national volleyball team settled for another bronze medal after falling to Indonesia, 21-25, 17-25, 25-21, 21-25, on Sunday in the Asean Grand Prix second leg on at the Sta. Rosa Multi-purpose Gym.
Philippines could not complete a comeback in front of an energetic home crowd, with Indonesia’s Arsela Nuari Purnama, Megawati Pertiwi Hangestri and Ratri Wulandari proving too much for the home side.
With Maddie Madayag and Jovelyn Gonzaga joining starters Alyssa Valdez, Ces Molina, Majoy Baron and Jia Morado, the Filipina spikers managed to take the third set.
However, four of Indonesia’s last six points of Indonesia came from Filipinas’ errors before Amalia Fajrina Nabila’s attack was called successful after a video challenge to win the silver medal.
The Indonesians again took second place finish with a 2-1 win-loss record in the four-nation meet, just like the result in the first leg in Thailand two weeks ago.
Philippines wound up with a 1-2 card.
Hangestri scored 26 points on 21 attacks, three blocks and two aces. Purnama nailed 15 kills and finished with 17 points, while Wulandari added 12 markers, highlighted by four aces.
Gonzaga led the Philippines with 14 points and 11 excellent receptions. Valdez fired four aces and wound up with 13 points while making 18 digs, while Molina had nine markers.
Madayag, who only played in the last two sets, contributed seven points. Baron and Mylene Paat added six markers each, while Morado dished out 22 excellent sets and had five markers, highlighted by two kill blocks.