Valdez, Manabat laud Retamar’s stellar outing in PHI men’s win over Cambodia

Alyssa Valdez and Dindin Santiago-Manabat lauded Joshua Retamar’s impressive performance when the Philippine men’s volleyball national team swept Cambodia earlier to kick off its 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games campaign on a high.

In a separate tweet Monday night, Valdez and Manabat congratulated the Pinoy spikers for their debut win in the biennial meet while praising Retamar for doing an empathic job as the squad’s main setter.

“First W for our Men’s volleyball team! Congratulations guys. Galing ni Retamar,” Valdez wrote.

Meanwhile, Manabat said, “Grabe ka RETAMAR! 19 years old ka lang ba talaga?”

True enough, Retamar came through to give Philippines a 1-0 card in Pool B.

The 19-year old setter scored clutch points during the extended opening set as he sneaked in a 1-2 play to lock the game at 27. An error from Cambodia would give the home team the set point before Retamar sealed the victory with an empathic rejection.

The National University standout was even more sensational in the next two sets. Aside from running the team’s offense well — unleashing the beasts out of Marck Espejo and Bryan Bagunas — he was at the helm of the team’s block party while also scoring from the service line.

In fact, Retamar was at the service line when the Philippines made a 6-0 run in the third frame for a deciding 23-16 lead. He chimed two aces during that run.

Retamar finished the match with team’s third-best 11 markers off six blocks, three aces and a couple of drop shots to go with his 15 excellent sets for a double-double performance.

Valdez and the women’s volleyball national team are looking to replicate the men’s team’s victory of their own as they open their campaign against Vietnam at 6 p.m. tomorrow.

(Images from Facebook/Philippine SuperLiga and Sports Vision)

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