MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine women’s volleyball team suffered its second straight defeat to Indonesia 23-25, 25-21, 15-25, 20-25 in the 31st Southeast Asian Games on Tuesday at the Kwang Nin Gymnasium in Vietnam. .
Megawati Hangestry Pertui, who broke the Filipino Spikers’ bronze medal hopes at the 2019 SEA Games, became a thorn in the side of the Philippines as he gave Indonesia a 2-2 win-loss record in the opening match, ensuring a round-trip for third place.
Ratri Ulandari and Wilda Siti Nurfadila also led the Indonesians, who dominated the last two sets to move the Filipinos to fourth place with a 1-2 record.
The women’s national team tried to force a decision, fighting back from a 24-17 deficit in the fourth set as Kat Tolentino and Alyssa Valdez saved three match points to reduce it to just four, 24-20.
However, Brazilian coach Jorge Suza de Brito blocked the way for his team after tossing the ball to Pertieu’s Spike, which could have saved Gema Galanza.
Poor play put the Philippines on the brink of losing a chance at a gold medal match as Thailand and Vietnam set a two-goal lead of five teams.
Malaysia are already out of contention after losing their first three matches. The top two teams in the preliminary round face off in a gold medal match, with the third and fourth teams battling for bronze.
Jaza Santiago led the national team, while Talentino and Gallanza made the most of their extended playing time, playing key roles for the squad.
The Philippines finished the preliminary round against Vietnam on Thursday at 6 pm (Manila time).
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