SEA Games: The Philippines finished fifth in men’s volleyball

The Philippine men's volleyball team after its first win in the 31st SEA Games.  PNVF photo

The Philippine men’s volleyball team after its first win in the 31st SEA Games. PNVF photo

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine men’s volleyball team overcame a late fall to Myanmar, losing 26-24, 22-25, 25-22, 27-29, 16-14, to fifth place in the 31st Southeast Asian Games on Friday. Take Kwang to the gymnasium.

The Filipino Spykers lost the match 2-1, failed to close the game in the fourth set and blew a 5-2 lead in the fifth set as the Burmese reached the match point, 14-13.

But Rex Intal refuses to give up their final biennial meet game, with a block nail to tie the set, 14-all.

Brian Bagunas provided two consecutive blocks to take the Philippines to a winning note in the competition, where it failed to finish or surpass its historic silver medal in the 2019 edition.

Zhou Umandal also had a timely hit drill in the fifth set, only to be dismissed by coach Dante Alinsunurin after leading John Vic de Guzman 12-11 in the fifth set.

Joshua Retamar produced plays for Filipino spikers, led by Bagunas and Umandal. JP Bugaon also provided a strong presence in the middle, while Mark Espejo also played an important role but sat out the latter part of the game.

The Philippines ended its men’s volleyball season with a back-to-back win, including an impressive three-set win against Malaysia on Thursday.

The men’s national team lost to Cambodia and Thailand in an undefeated pool event, bombed out of the medal race.

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