MANILA, Philippines – The men’s and women’s beach volleyball teams of the Philippines successfully retained their bronze medals after sweeping Vietnam at the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Tuan Chou Beach on Friday.
CC Rondina and Bernadeth Ponce and partners Jovalin Gonzaga and Diz Rodriguez finished the team’s second consecutive bronze medal at the SEA Games and third overall after the 2005 edition.
The women’s national team, which defeated Vietnam two days earlier on the Round Robin stage, reaffirmed its dominance over the hosts by defeating Rondina and Pons Vu Ngok Lan Nguyen and Nguyen Le Thi Tung Wei, 20-21, 21-18, 15-12. .
Gonzaga and Rodriguez completed their sweep with 21-17, 21-16 wins against Trung Dung Mai Huen and Nguyen Thi Than Tram to retain the bronze medals.
Rondina, Ponce and Rodriguez were part of the national team’s previous podium finishes, when Gonzaga won her first SEA Games medal – a feat she has not achieved in the last three biennial meetings with the women’s indoor volleyball team.
Meanwhile, Jude Garcia and Jarron Requinton brought bronze medals to the men’s team after beating hometown bettors Nguyen Lam Toi and Trang Quang Vu in the 21-15, 21-19 Golden Match.
Garcia and Krung Arbasto drew their first blood with wins 21-19, 21-19 against Vietnam’s Nat Ton Long and Nguyen Van Nahar.
But Requinton and Ranran Abdilla fell 19-21, 18-21 in the second game, forcing Nguyen and Trang to make the decision.
Garcia and Requinton were separate partners after winning bronze in previous SEA Games.
It was Abdilla’s second SEA Games medal, adding beach volleyball bronze to his 2019 Philippine Games silver medal in men’s indoor volleyball.
The men’s national team has lost just one game in this year’s competition, losing to Thailand in the semifinals on Thursday.
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