MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine women’s volleyball team lost 23-25, 19-25, 17-25 to Vietnam and went on to win bronze at the 31st Southeast Asian Games at the Quang Nin Gymnasium on Thursday.
Jaza Santiago and Alyssa Valdez led the Filipino Spicers to a strong start, leading 22-20 in the first set. However, the Vietnamese did not disappoint their home crowd, scoring four points to turn the table around with a 24-22 advantage due to Kyle Negrito’s error.
Valdez saved a point for the Philippines. But Dwayne Thi Lam Onh completes a comeback in the first set of Vietnam which sets the home team’s convincing three-set winning streak.
Vietnam’s Spyker Tran Thi Thu Thui appeared at the event in front of their roaring home crowd, emphasizing his skills for the Philippines as he was losing the 2017 SEA Games.
Vietnam, who finished 3-1 in the preliminary round, challenged defending champions Thailand in a gold medal match for the second consecutive biennial match on Sunday.
The women’s national team, which has lost three of its four preliminary games, is down to third, facing Indonesia who lost their 2019 edition and four sets in the preliminary round.
Valdez and Santiago carried the national team’s push, while Ces Molina and Kat Tolentino also advanced at another rate.
The Philippines is shooting for its first bronze medal since the 2005 SEA Games on Saturday
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