MALAYSIA — In a rematch of their preliminaries showdown in the Southeast Asian Games 2017 women’s volleyball competition, Vietnam asserted its mastery over the Philippines en route to a bronze medal finish on Sunday. The Vietnamese secured the podium finish in four sets, 25-27, 25-22, 25-20, 25-21.
Amidst the first set victory of the Philippines, the Vietnamese kept their composure to be able to close out all the sets that came after.
Ace spiker Tran Thi Thanh Thuy piled up the points with 26 points, while team captain Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hoa backed up the offensive onslaught with 20 points, including those attacks which pacified the runs made by the Philippines all throughout the match.
On the other end, the national team still put up a good fight in its attempt to take home a medal despite the limited time they have been together. Jaja Santiago led the way against Vietnam with 20 points, while Alyssa Valdez was not far behind with 17 points. Jovelyn Gonzaga also provided firepower with 13 points.
In the battle for gold, Thailand crushed Indonesia’s hopes to mount an upset in an emphatic three set victory, 25-18, 26-24, 26-24.
Every time Indonesia will attempt a run to narrow the lead, veteran players Pleumjit Thinkaow, Wilavan Apinyapong, and Nootsara Tomkom would pacify the situation and restore order for their team. But it was the strong offensive night of their young gunners that built comfortable cushions for the southeast Asian powerhouse team.
With the win, Thailand bagged its 13th overall gold medal in the women’s volleyball competition of the international meet. They are set to host and compete in the FIVB Women’s World Championship Asia Qualifiers (Pool B) from September 20-24, 2017.