Asian Games: Jia Morado hopes improved PH team wins vs. Indonesia

Setter Jia Morado is confident that Philippines will give host Indonesia a good fight when they clash for the consolation match in the 2018 Asian Games women’s volleyball tourney today.

Speaking to the media minutes after their heartbreaking five-set loss to Kazakhstan, Morado thinks the national team will be more prepared against Indonesia as they have jelled up since their last meeting.

“I think nakailang games naman kami since we faced Indonesia. Kahit konting games, ang daming experience naming nakuha. Nakapag-jell kami more as a team. Nakapag-warm up. Nakapag-loosen up na kami na nakita naman today,” the former Ateneo Lady Eagle said.

The April Manganang-led Indonesia outlasted the nationals in four sets, 25-20, 25-20, 24-26, 25-22, in their latest meeting during the preliminary round in Pool A.

Manganang took her sweet time demolishing the Philippines’ defense as she exploded for 28 hits built on 27 kills and a block.

The 23-year old playmaker hopes to give Manganang and Indonesia a good fight, recognizing the importance of the win for the Philippines who returned to Asiad after 36 years of non-participation.

“Hopefully we can give Indonesia good fight, and at the same time get that win also kasi malaking bagay talaga para sa Pilipinas,” Morado shared.

The nationals opened their bid with a couple of losses from Thailand and Japan, swept Hongkong for their lone win, and suffered from three straight losses since.

Kazakhstan escaped the Philippines in five sets, 25-11, 22-25, 25-15, 19-25, 16-14, in the classification match yesterday at the GBK Tennis Door, blocking the Nationals from finishing 5th in the tourney.

The Creamline Cool Smasher setter said the team is happy despite the loss as they were able to push a higher ranked Kazakhstan in five sets.

“We’re glad na na-push namin sila. Binigyan namin sila ng challenge. We give the best we could, kaso siyempre kinapos. Bilog ang bola. Overall happy naman kami sa team effort na pinakita namin,” said Morado, who capped the game with 26 excellent sets laced with three kills, two aces and 13 digs.

The Philippine-Indonesia match will be held at Bulungan Sports Hall, 10 a.m. (INA time).

(Photo from AsianVolleyball.net)

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