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SEA Games: PH volleybelles crumble to Indonesia, remain winless

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By Betheena Unite

The Philippine women’s volleyball team remained winless in the 30th Southeast Asian Games after yielding to Indonesia in four sets 22-25, 28-26, 25-22, 25-14 Saturday at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.

In this file photo. from left, Jia Morado, Mylene Paat and Aby Maraño get ready to stand up as teammates Eya Laure and Kath Arado look on during their women's volleyball match against Thailand in the 30th Southeast Asian Games at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City, Dec. 5, 2019. (MB Photo / Alvin Kasiban)

In this file photo. from left, Jia Morado, Mylene Paat and Aby Maraño get ready to stand up as teammates Eya Laure and Kath Arado look on during their women’s volleyball match against Thailand in the 30th Southeast Asian Games at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City, Dec. 5, 2019. (MB Photo / Alvin Kasiban)

The Filipinas started the match on the right footing by taking the first set 25-22 only to crumble over the Indonesians in three succeeding sets.

From an 11-14 disadvantage midway the first frame, the Filipinas fought back with an 8-2 run to build a 19-16 lead and went on to win the opening set.

However, the 2017 SEA Games silver medalist Indonesia regained composure and finished off the home team using three-straight sets surge capped with a whopping fourth set victory.

The Abigail Maraño-led team almost secured the second set after a Ces Molina down-the-line hit 26-25 but the mighty Indonesians scored thrice in a row to snatch the second frame.

It was also a tight match in the third set but the nationals could not sustain a fiery start until the end game, allowing the Indonesians to take the set.

Indonesian spikers opened fired in the fourth set with a 5-1 early lead before pulling away and denying the Philippines a taste of a win at the end of the preliminary rounds.

“Sayang kasi first set nakuha na namin, e. Second and third sets parating lead kami pero ang pinaglalabanan kasi dito yung endgame — paano namin masu-sustain yung mga kilos namin from the start to the end. So, yun yung mga lapses na napansin namin, yunh common na problema namin na kailangan naming solusyonan talaga,” Maraño said in an interview.

Mylene Paat topped the team’s scoring with 14 points, off 11 attacks and three blocks, while Molina and Majoy Baron chipped in 13 and 12 markers, respectively.

The national squad’s top gunner Alyssa Valdez saw limited time on the game and was only able to tally two points due to stomach pain she has been nursing since their match against Thailand Thursday, Maraño disclosed.

Indonesia’s trio Megawati Hangestri Pertiwi, Ratri Wulandari and Wilda Siti Nurfadhilah Sugandi led the attack against the Filipinas with 19, 18, and 10 points, respectively.

The two teams will clash anew Monday for the battle for bronze medal.

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