PH female spikers bow to Indonesia in battle for bronze

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 21) – The Philippine women’s volleyball team faltered late in the fourth set to bow against Indonesia, 21-25, 25-22, 19-25, 21-25, in the 31st Southeast Asian Games bronze medal match on Saturday at the Quang Ninh Gymnasium.

The Filipina spikers looked ready to go into a deciding fifth set as they were ahead, 18-12, in the fourth frame.

But the Indonesian scoring rampage was anchored on Ratri Wulandari's attacks, punishing the Filipino defense to score 10 unanswered points and enough to take the advantage.

The Filipinas were rattled by the sudden flurry of kills from their opponents, who staged a 13-3 scoring run until the match point.

The first set was a glimpse of how Indonesia could dominate the Philippines.

In the second set, Alyssa Valdez and Jaja Santiago delivered the much-needed kills for the Philippines as they capitalized on Indonesia's errors to win the set.

The Indonesians displayed their attacking prowess in the third set to dispel the interior defense presented by the Filipinos.

The loss prolonged the Philippine women's volleyball team's SEA Games medal drought. It last achieved a podium finish in 2005 with a bronze medal.

Both the Philippine indoor volleyball squads failed to deliver a medal in the Vietnam SEA Games as the men’s team settled for a fifth place finish.