JAKARTA, Indonesia – The Philippine women’s volleyball team failed to ride on its winning momentum, losing to Indonesia in four sets, 25-20, 25-20, 24-26, 25-22, in the 2018 Asian Games volleyball tournament on Saturday, August 25.
Indonesia’s Aprilia Manganang overpowered the Philippine side with 28 points off 27 spikes and 1 block, even as the Nationals tried to get a lift from Alyssa Valdez’ 16 points and Jaja Santiago’s 14 markers.
After the Philippines failed to keep up with the Indonesians in the first two sets, hope sprung in the 3rd frame as the Nationals found their rhythm to take a 4-point lead over Indonesia, 15-11.
The hosts responded by unleashing a 5-0 cluster to grab the lead at the second technical timeout. The Filipinas, though, refused to let go until Santiago closed out the set with 3 straight points, the last on an ace to seal the extended set in the Philippines’ favor, 26-24.
“Siyempre sobrang happy (na nakakuha kami ng isang set), but of course naniniwala pa rin kami na mayroon pang ia-angat ‘yung team namin, so kami, ‘di kami mawawalan ng pag-asa kasi pagdating ng quarterfinals,” said head coach Shaq delos Santos.
(Of course we’re happy to take one set, but of course we still believe that the team can still improve, so we’re not losing hope when we enter the quarterfinals.)
Valdez again tried to power the Nationals in the 4th frame, keeping it close all throughout but Indonesia proved steadier in the final stretch behind Manganang. – Rappler.com