Asian Games: Indonesia beats PH to claim 7th place

Aby Maraño

Host Indonesia limited Jaja Santiago and Alyssa Valdez to essay a 25-17, 23-25, 25-19, 25-20 victory over the Philippines and claim the consolation 7th place match in the 2018 Asian Games women’s volleyball tournament on Saturday at Bulungan Sports Hall.

Bowing to Vietnam in four sets in the classification playoffs, the Indonesian spikers licked their wounds and fought through the Philippines’ resistance to cap their Asiad bid campaign on a high note.

Top hitter April Manganang powered Indonesia with 16 kills and three blocks for 19 hits to turn back the Filipinas, who finished eight in the tourney.

Mylene Paat was the lone double-digit scorer for the Philippines as she chipped in 10 points, while Valdez and Santiago were limited to nine and five markers, respectively.

Indonesia caught fire early on, burying a reception woe-plagued Philippines in a 16-10 hole. The Indonesians kept the nationals at bay on a six-point separation ballooning to eight to capture the opening frame with 25-17.

The nationals fired off the second set strong off Aby Marano’s consistent serving for a 4-0 blitz. Indonesia hacked off the deficit and stole the lead, 10-9, before the two squads exchanged blow after blow through the final ticks of the set.

A kill from Dindin Santiago-Manabat and a costly error from Indonesia’s Asih Titi Pangestuti handed the set to the Philippines, 25-23.

The Indonesians stepped on the gas in the third set for a huge seven-point lead, 8-1. The nationals then made a 5-9 run before Novia Andriyanti gave Indonesia the momentum back via an offspeed hit, 14-10.

Down by eight, 24-16, the Philippines put up a gallant 3-0 run before Amasya Angraini Manganang sealed the deal with an off the block kill, 25-19.

With the match on the line, the Indonesians picked up where they left off as they take control of the fourth set, 21-15. The Philippines tried to climb back to no avail as Arsela Nuari Purnama ended the match with a kill block.

Indonesia dominated in attacks (53 to 33), floor defense (13.00 to 7.50) and reception (54.69 percent to 40.26 percent) against the Philippines, who ended their campaign with a lone with and six losses.

Scores:

Indonesia – Santini Manganang (19), Siti Nurfadilah (12), Agraini Manganang (8), Ayu Salsabila (5), Hangestri Pertiwi (5), Adriyanti (5), Fajrina Nabila (4), Nuari Purnama (4), Titi Pangestuti (3), Mutiara Lutfi (2), Budiarti (1)

Philippines – Paat (10), Valdez (9), Marano (6), Santiago (5), Santiago-Manabat (5), Cruz-Behag (5), Ortiz (3), Fajardo (2), Morado (1)

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