SEA Games: PH bows to Indonesia in women’s volleyball, ends up medal-less again

Karl Cedrick Basco, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 21 2022 08:47 PM

 Photo from Volleyball Philippines
Photo from Volleyball Philippines

 Pinays still seeking first podium finish since 2005 Games

The medal drought will continues for the Philippine women’s national volleyball team, as the squad dropped a heartbreaking four-setter to Indonesia in the battle for bronze at the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam.

The Philippines squandered a fourth-set lead en route to a 21-25, 25-22, 19-25, 21-25 loss on Saturday to settle for fourth place for the third consecutive SEA Games. 

The country was hoping to end a 17-year medal drought, having last earned a bronze in 2005 held in Manila. 

Tied at one set apiece, Indonesia pulled away early in the third after a Megawati Pertiwi onslaught for an 11-5 lead. 

The Philippines tried to narrow the gap with Jema Galanza scoring an ace and Jaja Santiago scoring off an overball, 15-17. 

A drop ball from Kat Tolentino moved the team a point behind, 18-19, but the Indonesians unleashed a 6-1 closeout to gain a 2-1 lead in the match. 

Santiago and co. had a chance to force a fifth set as they enjoyed an 18-12 lead after Pertiwi’s back-to-back errors. 

But Ratri Wulandari led a comeback to give Indonesia back the driver's seat 19-18 after a down the line spike. Indonesia continued the run after a series of errors from the Philippines, 21-18. 

The Philippines also lost to Indonesia in the battle for bronze in 2019.