No podium finish for Pinay Spikers as Indonesia spoils home team in five sets

Not today.

The Philippine women’s volleyball national team surrendered the bronze medal to Indonesia as it dropped a 20-25, 26-24, 15-25, 25-20, 14-16 decision to end its 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games campaign winless, Monday at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig.

Looking poised to replicate the country’s third-place finish in 2005, the Nationals surged to a 12-8 lead in the fifth set courtesy of Ces Molina and Mylene Paat.

But the Indonesians had other things in mind as they slowly cut the deficit to none to tie the set at 14-all before dropping the back-to-back finishing kills.

The Indonesians also avenged their loss from the hands of the Filipinos during the bronze medal battle in the 2005 SEAG also held here.

Reminiscent to their elimination round encounter, the Indonesians powered by Megawati Hangestri Pertiwi chalked a two set to one lead over a Philippine squad struggling to find the right mix of players.

With the podium finish at stake, the Nationals came alive in the fourth as Shaq delos Santos took a winning gamble on fielding less scouted Eya Laure and Mika Reyes only to ran out of steam towards their goal of ending a 14-year medal drought.

Hangestri Pertiwi has had a monster outing, erupting for 35 markers off 31 kills, two blocks and two aces to tow Indonesia.

Arsela Nuari Purnama, Hany Budiarti, and Ratri Wulandari also helped with 13, 11 and eight points for the Indonesians, who edged the Philippines across all scoring departments.

Molina led the Nationals with 17 points as Alyssa Valdez, who sat out in the last two frames, managed 14 all for naught.

Indonesia registered 10 more kills as opposed to the Philippines’ 57 while also proving to be the better blocking (12-8) and serving (8-6) team.

With the podium finish at stake, the Nationals came alive in the fourth as Shaq delos Santos took a winning gamble on fielding less scouted Eya Laure and Mika Reyes only to ran out of steam towards their goal of ending a 14-year medal drought.

 

(To be updated)

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