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Philippines bows to Thailand in 3 sets

KUALA LUMPUR — The Philippine team displayed its best form in the tournament but still failed to measure up to Thailand to lose a 25-21, 25-17, 25-17 decision Saturday in the 29th Southeast Asian Games women’s volleyball semifinals here.

In fairness, the Thais, who regularly play in top-level tournaments like the World Championships and Olympics, didn’t hold punches against the all-heart FIlipinas and sent in their best players up until the end.

The Philippines’ Jaja Santiago and Maika Ortiz against Vietnam’s Thanh tuy Le at the Women’s volleyball game, 2017 Seagames in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZ
The defeat sent the Philippines to a bronze medal match against either Indonesia or Vietnam.

Heading into the tournament, the Nationals were aiming to end their medal drought that dates back to 2005 when it last took a bronze.

“We still have a chance to medal. This is still an achievement for us making the semifinals,” said PH coach Francis Vicente.

Author: Marc Anthony Reyes, Inquirer
Full Article: http://sports.inquirer.net/262471/sea-games-2017-volleyball-philippines-bows-thailand-3-sets

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