MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines women’s volleyball team was uncompromising in defeating Cambodia for the first time in the Southeast Asian Games with a score of 25-5, 25-5, 25-5 to open the Group campaign. B on Tuesday at the Olympic Indoor Stadium in Phnom Penh.
Captain Alyssa Valdez, who is still recovering from a right knee injury, did not play but her Creamline teammates Jema Galanza and Tots Carlos formed a strong combination with the mainstay of the national team. and Chery Tiggo’s MVP Mylene Paat to support the home team.
As the host of the 32nd SEA Games, Cambodia has a women’s volleyball team for the first time. It scored only four of their 15 points with 11 coming from away errors.
The defenders between Dell Palomata and Cherry Nunag also shined as return scorer Jia De Guzman delivered excellent plays.
Filipino fans at the venue chanted “Alyssa! Alyssa” during the match but three-time Volleyball Premier League champions Carlos and Galanza stepped up in her absence.
The real test awaits the Philippines as they face the defending silver medalist Vietnam, who beat Singapore, 25-13, August 25, 25-7, earlier, on Wednesday at 6pm
The women’s national team, which is aiming to end an 18-year medal drought, overwhelmed their opponents from the start with Cambodia taking all five points thanks to errors from the Philippines – two points from Paat and two. Palomata and a mistake by Carlos. .
The national players continued to punish the home team in the second set but the Cambodians scored the first point in the SEA Games women’s volleyball after Horm Ravy hit an ace to equalize 2 goals.
However, Ravy committed a serve error that caused the Filipino Spikers’ 11 consecutive points to be limited by Carlos’s two consecutive kills 13-2.
Milling Makara drilled through Cambodia’s first attacking point, winning over Paat in a biennial meeting to stop the run before the Philippines scored 11 of the next 12 points thanks to De Guzman’s 1-2 play to reach fixed point, 24-4.
Vi Sineut blocked Nunag to save a point, but an error by Soeu Molika easily gave the visitors a two-set lead.
National team coach Jorge Souza de Brito brought Michele Gumabao, Kat Tolentino, Chai Troncoso and scorer Gel Cayuna into the third set because the quartet was also instrumental in fixing the gap thanks to their own contributions. them in the lone frame they played.
Cambodia fell on the verge of being eliminated when drawing with Singapore with a score of 0-1.
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