The Philippines just ran out of gas when it succumbed to Indonesia in grueling five sets, 21-25, 28-26, 25-12, 18-25, 9-15, during the opener of the 2019 ASEAN Grand Prix, Friday at the Terminal 21 Mall in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.
Leading the match two sets to one, the Nationals could not solve the Indonesian puzzle in the next two frames to kick off their campaign on a sad note.
Ces Molina, Kalei Mau, Majoy Baron and Mylene Paat each came up with double figures all on a losing effort for the Philippines, who will face powerhouse Thailand tomorrow hoping to get its first win.
Molina led the charge with 18 while Baron, Mau and Paat scored 17,15 and 12 as the Nationals had the slight edge in blocks (13-11) whilst equalizing in attacks (61-61) against the Indonesians.
Arsela Nuari Purnama paced Indonesia with 18 markers whilst for other players from the winning team reached double digits.
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Stretching the match to a fifth, Indonesia rallied to a 7-2 lead early before Philippines gunned for a four-point run to cut the deficit to one.
The Indonesians then pulled away for a 13-8 lead as Mau strike from the right side trying to keep her team alive before the former dropped the finishing kicks.
With Indonesia poised to take the match two sets to none, Philippines came back from a 24-22 deficit off Molina’s heroics.
Maddie Madayag and Mau came through in the extension to hand the lead to the Nationals, 25-26, followed by two consecutive errors from the Indonesian for the second set victory.
Getting their groove, Philippines cruised past the Indonesia in the third frame, taking the set to a commanding 21-9 blitz as Molina put on the final touches.
It was Indonesia’s turn to wax hot as they zoomed to a 19-12 cushion in the fourth, maintaining a seven-point lead down the stretch to force a rubber set.
Indonesia got off to a hot start burying Philippines in a 14-7 hole ballooning to a 24-17 advantage during the opening frame.
Shaking off some first game jitters, the Nationals then made a 4-0 run off Mau’s back-to-back kills before an error sealed the win for the Indonesians.