The Philippines suffered a heartbreaking five-set loss to Kazakhstan, 25-11, 22-25, 25-15, 19-25, 16-14, in the classification phase of the 18th Asian Games women’s volleyball tourney Friday at the GBK Tennis Indoor Hall in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Jaja Santiago paced the assault for the Filipinas as she pumped in 17 attacks and a couple of aces for 19 points. Meanwhile, Mylene Paat and Alyssa Valdez, who provided much-needed spark at the latter part of the match, added 14 and 13 markers, respectively.
Maika Ortiz, who had nine points, was also impressive together with the 2015 Southeast Asian Games (SEA) standout playmaker Jia Morado, who added five markers on top of 26 excellent sets.
Yana Petrenko led the charge for Kazakhstan as she finished the job with 18 points while Sana Anarkulova tallied 15 and Alessya Safronova produced 13.
The towering Kazakhs advanced in the battle for fifth with Vietnam, which clobbered Indonesia in four thrilling sets, 29-27, 18-25, 25-22, 25-22, in the first consolation round match.
The Filipinas, on the other hand, set a rematch against the hosts for 7th place.
Despite the loss, the Filipinas earned praises for pulling off gutsy stand over the more experienced Kazakhs. Here’s a look at some fans’ reaction on Twitter:
Galing ng laban natin, girls! What a great stand against Kazakhstan! Konting konti na lang yan! Nothing to be ashamed of! You make us proud! We'll get them next time! #LabanPilipinas #LabanFilipina @Sports5PH #AsianGamesOn5
— Noel Zarate (@NoelZarate) August 31, 2018
That hurts. But despite the five set loss to Kazakhstan, our country should be ONE in saying how MIGHTY PROUD we are of our women’s volleyball team! It was truly one hell of a fight!
Now, we get a shot at redemption vs Indonesia in the Battle for 7th match! Tuloy ang laban! 🇵🇭
— A G E N T ✨ (@AteneoAgent) August 31, 2018
This is the best mix of players the coaching staff has ever assembled. Very nice game against Kazakhstan. We may have lost but surely we have some serious takeaways from that. Great effort! Great spirit. Paat and Morado shone the brightest for me. Of course, Jaja is a given. Huhu
— Trevy (@fiercetrevy) August 31, 2018
2/2 experience, but also the RESPECT from their opponents from asia and maybe will open door of opportunities for the girls to play professionally abroad!
Head up Girls! Pag uwi practice agad ala LaSalle!
If they call Jia is Gold, i must say PAAT is PLATINUM!!! #PAATinum
— Mandy Alcoriza (@masayahingmandy) August 31, 2018
The girls did their best on this match. Nothing to be ashamed of! Asia just witnessed how potentially lethal we are in the future…
— 🇵🇭 Volleyball Diva (@volleyball_diva) August 31, 2018
True enough, the Filipinas did their best but winning over Asia’s best volleyball squads is not an overnight process.
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