SEA Games: Pinoys bag volleyball silver, duplicate 1977 finish

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Posted at Dec 10 2019 07:34 PM | Updated as of Dec 10 2019 08:42 PM

The Filipinos secured the silver medal in SEA Games men's volleyball on Tuesday. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Indonesia beat the Philippines 25-21, 27-25, 25-17 to win the Southeast Asian Games men's volleyball championship at a packed PhilSports Arena in Pasig Tuesday.

The last time the Filipinos were in the SEA Games final was in 1977, when they also finished with the silver.

This is Indonesia's first championship since 2009 and 10th overall.

The visitors used their experience and some added firepower against the Filipinos, who were back in the SEA Games finals after 42 years.

Rivan Nurmulki, Doni Haryono and Sigit Ardian powered the Indonesians to a straight-sets victory over the Philippines to finish the competition unbeaten in five games without dropping a set. 

Despite the loss, the Filipinos still made history after ending a 28-year podium drought since winning bronze in the 1991 Manila SEA Games.

Indonesia smelled blood after taking down the hard-fighting Filipinos in the first two sets, building a comfortable lead midway in the third frame to claim their first gold in five editions of the Games.

The Philippines gave Indonesia a scare in the second set after a sluggish start as head coach Dante Alinsunirin and co. built a 13-10 lead. But it wasn’t enough to deter the Indonesians as they fought back and moved at set point, 24-22. 

Marck Espejo saved a point for the Philippines before Nurmulki was called for a foot fault for a deuce.

Nurmulki put Indonesia back at set point before Espejo knotted it again at 25. Haryono was quick to answer as Yuda Putra sealed the frame with a kill block on Espejo.

Meanwhile, Thailand salvaged a podium finish after bagging the bronze medal at the expense of Myanmar, 25-23, 25-16, 25-20.

The Thais saw their five-peat bid spoiled by the Philippines in the semis.

Myanmar finished fourth with Vietnam, which defeated Cambodia, 25-10, 25-20, 25-22, in the classification phase taking the fifth spot. Cambodia and Singapore occupied the last two spots, respectively, in the final ranking.

—With a report from Mark Escarlote, ABS-CBN Sports

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