Indonesia rallies past PH in women’s volleyball bronze preview match

JR Isaga
The Philippine women's volleyball team remains winless after bowing to Indonesia in a match serving as preview to their bronze medal duel


FIGHTING SPIRIT. Filipina spiker Majoy Baron gets all fired up after scoring a point against the Indonesians. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler   


MANILA, Philippines – The Indonesian women’s volleyball team stamped its class on winless Philippines, 22-25, 28-26, 25-22, 25-14, for its first win in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games at the PhilSports Arena on Saturday, December 7. 

The game ultimately served as a preview before both teams square off again for the bronze medal on Monday, December 9.

Siyempre nasayangan kami kasi 1st set nakuha na namin,” said Philippine team captain Aby Maraño. “Second and 3rd parating lead kami, pero ang pinaglalabanan kasi rito yung endgame, pano namin masusu-sustain from the start till the end.” 

Yun yung mga lapses na napansin namin. ‘Yun yung common na problem na kailangan naming masolusyunan.”

(Of course, we feel like we wasted a chance because we got the 1st set. We always led in the 2nd and 3rd, but what matters here is the endgame, and how we sustain our game from start to end. That’s a lapse that we noticed. That’s a common problem we need to solve.)

Mylene Paat caught fire with 14 points off 3 blocks. Ces Molina backstopped the effort with 13 markers while Majoy Baron added 12. 

Alyssa Valdez was used sparingly due to stomach problems and had 2 points in the sorry loss.

After an impressive start, the Filipina spikers looked well on their way to a commanding two-set lead after a 20-15 advantage in the 2nd, but the Indonesians managed to gain set point, 25-24, after a massive 11-4 run.

Through a heated sequence that involved a successful challenge, an Indonesian service error and a Ces Molina hit, the Philippines actually managed to eke out a 26-25 set point in response. However, the reigning SEA Games silver medalists still stole the set with a 3-0 blitz. 

It was practically the same story in the 3rd frame as the Filipinas ran out to a 20-17 lead thanks to the stellar play of SEA Games first-timer Eya Laure. However, the team again gave up a 6-1 run as the Indonesians ran away with their second straight set. 

The 4th frame was then practically a no-contest as Indonesia burst out to a 20-9 lead and never looked back. –