SEA Games host country Vietnam took care of business in the women’s volleyball elimination round with a 25-23, 25-19, 25-17 sweep of the Philippines.
The Filipinas – still seeking their first podium finish since 2005 – will face Indonesia in the bronze medal match as Vietnam battles Thailand in a 2019 finals rematch.
The Philippine women’s volleyball team is looking for a shot in the arm in its Southeast Asian Games campaign with an upset win against host country Vietnam on Thursday, May 19, at 6 pm.
Although already in contention for the bronze medal match regardless of the day’s result due to Malaysia’s fourth loss, the Filipinas actually still have a slim chance to sneak into the finals and be assured of at least a silver if they sweep their opponents by a large margin in each set.
Sheer improbability of that outcome aside against the reigning SEA Games silver medalists, the Philippines simply needs winning momentum before anything else after dropping its matches against 12-time defending champion Thailand and current third seed Indonesia.
With really nothing to lose, expect top Filipina stars like Jaja Santiago, Alyssa Valdez, and Kat Tolentino to come out guns blazing on the way to a potential morale-boosting stunner against the Vietnamese on their home turf.