Vietnam sweeps Philippines out of SEA Games women’s volley contention

Naveen Ganglani
Vietnam sweeps Philippines out of SEA Games women’s volley contention
The Philippines put up a determined fight but ultimately lost in straight sets to the silver medalists of the last 7 SEA Games

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines fell out of contention in the women’s volleyball tournament of the 28th Southeast Asian Games after getting swept by Vietnam, 25-16, 25-21, 25-23, on Saturday, June 13, at the OCBC Arena in Singapore.

It was the second loss in 3 games for the Philippines, which dropped their opener to Indonesia in 3 sets and beat Malaysia in as many sets in their following game.

UAAP MVP Alyssa Valdez spearheaded the Philippines with 11 points while Jaja Santiago wasn’t far behind with 10 markers. Rachel Anne Daquis also pitched in with 8 points for the Philippines, which rewarded Vietnam with 32 points through errors. 

The Pinays improved as the one hour and 21-minute game went along, but couldn’t get over the hump and out-clutch Vietnam in the later stages of the second and third sets. 

The first set was all Vietnam, which after getting tied at 8 with the Philippines raced off to a 15-8 lead that carried them to an easy 25-16 win for first blood.

The second set was closer, with a conversion by Santiago and service ace from Valdez drawing the Philippines to within two, 21-19. But after an exchange of scores by each team, two straight kills by Vietnam gave them a 24-20 lead. 

The Philippines scored to stay alive, but a service error from Jovelyn Gonzaga to start the next rally sealed the second set loss. 

The third set was the closest, with both teams tying at 22 following a kill by Santiago. After an exchange of conversions to knot up again at 23, a Santiago attacked sailed out of bounds, putting Vietnam at match point. On the next rally, Santiago was blocked, sealing the defeat for the Philippines. 

The Philippines played Vietnam fairly close in the scoring battle: they had just two less spike points, 34-32, two more block points, 7-5, and one more service ace, 5-4.

Julia Morado, the team’s starting setter, also did a great job setting up her teammates with 26 excellent sets to Vietnam’s 10. Unfortunately for the Philippines, their opponents doubled them on opponent error points, which really spelled the difference in the game.

The Philippines was competing in the SEA Games women’s volleyball tournament for the first time in 10 years.

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