HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Thailand – SEA Games 2019 women’s volleyball

JR Isaga
The Filipina spikers brace for a tough showdown against Thailand, Southeast Asia’s undisputed best in women’s volleyball

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine women’s volleyball team’s uphill climb in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games just got a lot tougher.

After 5 grueling sets against the Tran Thi Thanh Thuy “T4”-led Vietnam national team, the Filipina volleybelles eventually faltered and gave up a 21-25, 25-23, 25-19, 20-25, 15-8 decision in their debut. 

This was a must-win game that slipped from the Philippines’ grasp, as they now put up their podium hopes against the mighty Thailand dynasty on Thursday, December 5. 

Game time is 6 pm at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City. (SCHEDULE: SEA Games 2019 volleyball competitions)

Currently holding a 22-year, 11-SEA Game gold medal streak, the Thais are as untouchable as they come in the biennial meet, and the Filipina spikers know it all too well.

However, both top stars Alyssa Valdez and team captain Aby Maraño are staying positive that their teammates can take it set by set against Southeast Asia’s undisputed best in women’s volleyball. 

Will that set-by-set mentality result in a massive upset for the Philippines or will the Thais stay true to their reputation and cruise to another dominant win?

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